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Definitions for innate
ɪˈneɪt, ˈɪn eɪtin·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unconditioned, innate, unlearnedadjective

    not established by conditioning or learning

    "an unconditioned reflex"

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

    being talented through inherited qualities

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

  3. congenital, inborn, innateadjective

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


  1. innateverb

    To cause to exist; to call into being.

  2. innateadjective

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

  3. innateadjective

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

  4. innateadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INNATE, INNATEDadjective

    Inborn; ingenerate; natural; not superadded; not adscititious. It is applied to things as well as persons; but more properly to persons.

    Etymology: inné, Fr. innatus, Latin.

    The Druinian hath been cried up for an innated integrity, and accounted the uprightest dealer on earth. James Howell.

    With eloquence innate his tongue was arm'd;
    Though harsh the precept, yet the people charm'd. Dryden.

    Mutual gravitation, or spontaneous attraction, cannot possibly be innate and essential to matter. Richard Bentley, Serm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innateadjective

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

  2. Innateadjective

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

  3. Innateadjective

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

  4. Innateverb

    to cause to exit; to call into being

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. innate

    To exist naturally.

    The innate qualities of love, understanding, joy, peace and harmony are all across the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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Anagrams for innate »

  1. annite

  2. ante in

  3. nanite

  4. tinean

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  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

Examples of innate in a Sentence

  1. Jim Harter:

    If you really enjoy managing, you have an innate love of investing in others, you can build long-term relationships and a [ professional ] reputation off of that.

  2. Jen Ramsey:

    Listen quietly... the calling inside you is real... your innate wisdom is waiting for you to say yes and step into all of who you are.

  3. Sadie Sink:

    There wasn’t a set script or movement that you had to stick to, so there was just so much freedom, and I think that’s how we got such real moments, she possesses these innate qualities in a director.

  4. Lindsey Wander:

    Promote your children’s effort rather than talent, for instance, praise how they approached the challenge and how hard they worked, not just their grades and scores. This helps to build their innate self of self-worth.

  5. Jonathan Barr:

    We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear Congressman Collins in court good name, it is notable that even the government does not allege that Congressman Collins traded a single share of Innate Therapeutics stock. We are confident Congressman Collins will be completely vindicated and exonerated.

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  • Peggy Brown
    Peggy Brown
    Thank you, this explains it very well and I may use this site many times in my college classes. You rock!
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