What does innate mean?

Definitions for innateɪˈneɪt, ˈɪn eɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word innate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unconditioned, innate, unlearned(adj)

    not established by conditioning or learning

    "an unconditioned reflex"

  2. natural, born(p), innate(p)(adj)

    being talented through inherited qualities

    "a natural leader"; "a born musician"; "an innate talent"

  3. congenital, inborn, innate(adj)

    present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development


  1. innate(Verb)

    To cause to exist; to call into being.

  2. innate(Adjective)

    Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.

  3. innate(Adjective)

    Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See a priori, intuitive.

  4. innate(Adjective)

    Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.

  5. Origin: From innatus, perfect active participle of innascor, from in + nascor; see natal, native.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innate(adj)

    inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence

  2. Innate(adj)

    originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See A priori, Intuitive

  3. Innate(adj)

    joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther

  4. Innate(verb)

    to cause to exit; to call into being

  5. Origin: [L. innatus; pref. in- in + natus born, p. p. of nasci to be born. See Native.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Innate

    in′āt, or in-nāt′, adj. inborn: natural to the mind, instinctive, inherent.—adv. Inn′ately.—n. Inn′ateness.—adj. Innā′tive, native.—Innate ideas, a priori principles of knowledge and of action, the word 'innate' implying that the power of recognising such principles is provided for in the constitution of the mind. [L. innātusinnasciin, in, nasci, to be born.]

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Anagrams for innate »

  1. annite, ante in, nanite


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of innate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of innate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Samuel Butler:

    All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as the threat of feeling, seeing and hearing.

  3. Sri Madhava:

    Freedom, then, lies only in our innate human capacity to choose between different sorts of bondage, bondage to desire or self esteem, or bondage to the light that lightens all our lives.

  4. Harvey Cox:

    All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by...religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.

  5. Marty Mosby:

    There isn't a lot of innate strength that would indicate there's an acceleration in the economy, and since the money center banks have mostly reported by now, it could be the good news is behind us.

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