Innate meaning

ĭ-nāt, ĭnāt
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.

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To cause to exist; to call into being.
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Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.
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Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent.
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Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See a priori, intuitive.
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(botany) Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.

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(bot.) Borne at the apex of the support, as an anther.
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Origin of innate

  • Middle English innat from Latin innātus past participle of innāscī to be born in in- in in–2 nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin innātus (“inborn”), perfect active participle of innāscor (“be born in, grow up in”), from in (“in, at on”) + nāscor (“be born”); see natal, native.

    From Wiktionary