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Meaning of INNATE

Pronunciation:  i'neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
  2. [adj]  not established by conditioning or learning; "an unconditioned reflex"

INNATE is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: congenital, inborn, inherent, nonheritable, noninheritable, unconditioned, unlearned
 Antonyms: conditioned, learned



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"nate\, a. [L. innatus; pref. in- in + natus born, p.
    p. of nasci to be born. See {Native}.]
    1. Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate
    2. (Metaph.) Originating in, or derived from, the
       constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from
       experience; as, innate ideas. See {A priori}, {Intuitive}.
             There is an innate light in every man, discovering
             to him the first lines of duty in the common notions
             of good and evil.                     --South.
             Men would not be guilty if they did not carry in
             their mind common notions of morality,innate and
             written in divine letters.            --Fleming
             If I could only show,as I hope I shall . . . how
             men, barely by the use of their natural faculties,
             may attain to all the knowledge they have, without
             the help of any innate impressions; and may arrive
             at certainty without any such original notions or
             principles.                           --Locke.
    3. (Bot.) Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament;
       as, an innate anther. --Gray.
    {Innate ideas} (Metaph.), ideas, as of God, immortality,
       right and wrong, supposed by some to be inherent in the
       mind, as a priori principles of knowledge.
  2. \In*nate"\, v. t.
    To cause to exit; to call into being. [Obs.] ``The first
    innating cause.'' --Marston.
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