Pronunciation: [ ih-neyt ]
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'
1: The saxophone player has an innate musical talent.
2: There was an innate defect in the hypothesis.