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EtymologyEdit

From Latin innātus (inborn), perfect active participle of innāscor (be born in, grow up in), from in (in, at on) + nāscor (be born); see natal, native.

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innate (not comparable)

  1. inborn; existing or having existed since birth
  2. (philosophy) Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience
    innate ideas
    • South
      There is an innate light in every man, discovering to him the first lines of duty in the common notions of good and evil.
    • John Locke
      how men [] may attain to all the knowledge they have, without the help of any innate impressions
  3. instinctive; coming from instinct
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, Chapter 3
      As if she held the clue to something secret in his breast, of the nature of which he was hardly informed himself. As if she had an innate knowledge of one jarring and discordant string within him, and her very breath could sound it.
  4. (botany) Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament
    an innate anther

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  • Nouns often used with "innate": knowledge, idea, immunity, etc.

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innate (third-person singular simple present innates, present participle innating, simple past and past participle innated)

  1. To cause to exist; to call into being.

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AdjectiveEdit

innate f pl

  1. feminine plural of innato

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ParticipleEdit

innāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of innātus