Innate

Pronunciation: [ ih-neyt ]


Definition: adjective

1: existing in one from birth; inborn; native

2: inherent in the essential character of something

Origin: Late Middle English; Latin


Etymology: from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci, from in- ‘into’ + nasci ‘be born'


Usage:


Synonyms:

1:

  • inborn

  • intrinsic

  • ingrained

  • elemental

2:

  • inherent

  • instinctive

  • intuitive

Antonyms:

1:

  • acquired

  • learned

2:

  • incidental

  • extrinsic

Example:

1: The saxophone player has an innate musical talent.

2: There was an innate defect in the hypothesis.

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