Innate. (n.d.). In YourDictionary. Retrieved from https://www.yourdictionary.com/inNate
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 innate
Middle English innatfrom Latin innātuspast participle ofinnāscīto be born inin-in ; see in-2. nāscīto be born ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
These adjectives mean existing in a person or thing from birth or origin. Something that is innate seems essential to the nature, character, or constitution: innate common sense.Inborn strongly implies that something has been present since birth: inborn intelligence. What is inbred has often been ingrained through earliest training or associations: an inbred love of music.Congenital is applied principally to characteristics, especially defects, acquired during fetal development: a congenital disease. It is also used figuratively of characteristics or people with characteristics that are so deep-seated as to appear natural: a congenital pessimism; a congenital liar.Hereditary refers to what is transmitted by biological heredity (a hereditary heart anomaly) or by tradition: “that ignorance and superstitiousness hereditary to all sailors” (Herman Melville).