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Line breaks: in¦nate
Pronunciation: /ɪˈneɪt
, ˈɪneɪt

Definition of innate in English:


1Inborn; natural: her innate capacity for organization
More example sentences
  • I saw a wrong and I wanted to right it; it's just a basic innate instinct to me.
  • The more we can restore innate natural poise the more we can enjoy physical harmony in activity, and in stillness.
  • They love to learn, not so much to earn, but to explore their innate capacities.
1.1 Philosophy Originating in the mind.
Example sentences
  • Hume maintained that Descartes was wrong to hold that we possess innate ideas of mind, God, body, and world.
  • It follows that the Leibnizian theory of innate ideas is substantially correct.
  • It has often been claimed that primitive mathematical notions are innate to the human mind.


late Middle English: from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci, from in- 'into' + nasci 'be born'.



Example sentences
  • As these stories indicate, many of the habits that we consider natural or innately human are in fact cultural or socially taught.
  • We seem to know innately, with our hearts, what is right, proper and just.
  • Are women innately better cooks than men or vice versa?


Example sentences
  • In reality, plasticity and innateness are almost logically separate.
  • The reader not only has a thorough overview of the arguments for innateness based on linguistic analyses of syntactic structures, but the issue is reworked from several other angles as well.
  • Relatively little attention is given to his interesting doctrines of innateness, or, more generally, his ontology of thought.

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