Share this entry

Share this page

connatural

Line breaks: con|nat¦ural
Pronunciation: /kəˈnatʃ(ə)r(ə)l
 
/

Definition of connatural in English:

adjective

Belonging naturally; innate.
Example sentences
  • Innate is a word he poorly plays upon: the right word, though less used, is connatural.
  • Thus it is plain that it is the connatural mode of the human soul to receive knowledge as a habit.
  • As man, He was the ‘perfect connatural principle of all forces of supernatural activity.’

Origin

late 16th century: from late Latin connaturalis, from con- 'together'+ Latin naturalis 'natural'.

Derivatives

connaturally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • This is actually a distortion of the female personality, which is destined to unfold connaturally in motherhood.
  • Women can integrate the contemplative and active connaturally through maternity and the works of mercy that are associated with domestic life.
  • In this way, music is a natural and universal language which is not learned, but immediately and connaturally felt.

Definition of connatural in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈemyələs
adjective
seeking to emulate or imitate someone or something