innate
[ ih-neyt ]
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Part of Speech adjective (2), adjective (1)
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; Latin from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci, from in- ‘into’ + nasci ‘be born'
Synonyms
adjective (2)
  • inherent
  • instinctive
  • intuitive
adjective (1)
  • inborn
  • intrinsic
  • ingrained
  • elemental
Antonyms
adjective (2)
  • incidental
  • extrinsic
adjective (1)
  • acquired
  • learned
Definition
adjective (2)
inherent in the essential character of something
adjective (1)
existing in one from birth; inborn; native
Examples
adjective (2)
There was an innate defect in the hypothesis.
adjective (1)
The saxophone player has an innate musical talent.
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