- 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.
A child's innate desire to help a friend.
innate definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin innatus, past participle of innasci, to be born in, originate in ; from in-, in plush nasci, to be born: see nature
innate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Possessed at birth; inborn.
- Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent.
- Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of right and wrong.
Origin: Middle English innat, from Latin innātus, past participle of innāscī, to be born in : in-, in; see in-2 + nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- in·nateˈly adverb
- in·nateˈness noun
innate - Medical Definition
- innateness noun