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Definition of "innate" []

  • Possessed at birth; inborn. (adjective)
  • Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent. (adjective)
  • Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of right and wrong. (adjective)
  • Existing in a person or animal from birth; congenital; inborn (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Being an essential part of the character of a person or thing (adjective)
  • Instinctive; not learned (adjective)
  • (of anthers) joined to the filament by the base only (adjective)
  • (in rationalist philosophy) (of ideas) present in the mind before any experience and knowable by pure reason (adjective)

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Use "innate" in a sentence
  • "They wished to be "loyal," but they would not surrender what they termed innate rights; they would not be taxed without representation, nor be debarred from manufacturing; nor consent to make"
  • "From this he inferred the existence of two distinct natures in man, the mental and the physical, and the existence of certain ideas which he called innate in the mind, and serving to connect it with the spiritual and invisible."
  • "No, innate is the natural and predilection of behavior for a species which includes primate species such as “man”."