innate[i nāt′, in′āt′]
A child's innate desire to help a friend.
- The definition of innate is existing from birth.
An example of innate is a child's natural desire to help her friends when they are in trouble.
- existing naturally rather than acquired; that seems to have been in one from birth: innate talent
- existing as an inherent attribute: the innate humor of a situation
- Bot. borne at the apex of the support, as an anther
Origin of innateClassical Latin innatus, past participle of innasci, to be born in, originate in ; from in-, in + nasci, to be born: see nature
- a. Existing naturally or by heredity rather than being learned through experience: “Chimpanzees show an innate distrust of contact with strangers” (Cindy Engel).b. Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of right and wrong.
- Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent: “As the Army and farmers built more and more levees, the Missouri lost an innate capacity to absorb its frequent excesses” (William Least Heat-Moon).
Origin of innateMiddle English innat, from Latin innātus, past participle of innāscī, to be born in : in-, in; see in–2 + nāscī, to be born; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.
- Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See a priori, intuitive.
- (botany) Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.
- Nouns often used with "innate": knowledge, idea, immunity, etc.
(third-person singular simple present innates, present participle innating, simple past and past participle innated)
- To cause to exist; to call into being.