Innate Definition

ĭ-nāt, ĭnāt
Existing naturally rather than acquired; that seems to have been in one from birth.
Innate talent.
Webster's New World
Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience.
An innate knowledge of right and wrong.
American Heritage
Existing as an inherent attribute.
The innate humor of a situation.
Webster's New World
Borne at the apex of the support, as an anther.
Webster's New World

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

To cause to exist; to call into being.

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

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