• WordNet 3.6
    • adj innate present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
    • adj innate being talented through inherited qualities "a natural leader","a born musician","an innate talent"
    • adj innate not established by conditioning or learning "an unconditioned reflex"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Innate Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.
    • Innate (Bot) Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.
    • Innate (Metaph) Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See A priori Intuitive. "There is an innate light in every man, discovering to him the first lines of duty in the common notions of good and evil.""Men would not be guilty if they did not carry in their mind common notions of morality, innate and written in divine letters.""If I could only show, as I hope I shall . . . how men, barely by the use of their natural faculties, may attain to all the knowledge they have, without the help of any innate impressions; and may arrive at certainty without any such original notions or principles."
    • v. t Innate To cause to exit; to call into being. "The first innating cause."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • innate Inborn; natural; pertaining to the inherited constitution of body or mind; not derived or acquired from any external source; especially, native to the mind; instinctive: as, an innate tendency to virtue or vice; innate ideas.
    • innate In botany: Borne on the apex of the supporting part: as, an innate anther, which is one that directly continues and corresponds to the apex of the filament.
    • innate Born within; originating within the matrix, or within the substance of the plant.
    • innate To bring or call into existence; inform.
    • innate In biology, characteristic of a species or common to the individuals of a species, or alike in parent and in offspring; hereditary; constitutional; congenital. So far as the development of an individual organism from the egg is considered as characteristic of its kind, it is termed innate or inherent; so far as it is considered as taking place in an individual external environment with which it is in continual reciprocal interaction, it is termed adventitious or induced: the contrast or distinction being in the mind of the observer rather than in the facts of embryology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Innate in′āt or in-nāt′ inborn: natural to the mind, instinctive, inherent
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  • Sigmund Freud
    “The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.”
  • Alice Walker
    “The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.”
  • Suzanne Lafollette
    Suzanne Lafollette
    “There is nothing more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. innatus,; pref. in-, in + natus, born, p. p. of nasci, to be born. See Native
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. innātusinnasciin, in, nasci, to be born.


In literature:

Now it is by exhausting the resources of instruction on such a being that his innate and essential deficiency is best shown.
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
The contention that we are cultivating the innate blood-thirstiness of our public, I regard as absurd.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
His innate subserviency to power would turn him automatically about to the party whose power was supreme.
"The White Morning" by Gertrude Atherton
But she declaimed to Alice none the less in private on the innate snobbishness of people.
"Lady Connie" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The innate contrariness of things seemed to be blocking all his plans.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
This aloofness of Browne's, which holds him apart "in the still air of delightful studies," is no affectation; it is an innate quality.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
There are some people who imagine that a boy's innate modesty is quite sufficient protection against defilement.
"Youth and Sex" by Mary Scharlieb and F. Arthur Sibly
The innate characters transmitted by biological heredity are either physiological, anatomical, or psychical.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Forms innately beautiful thus become almost hateful, because hackneyed.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVII. No. 101. May, 1876." by Various
Her innate purity and innocence kept such things at a distance from her.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
The Italian peasant, though ignorant, had a far quicker innate intelligence than his unfortunate Polish brother.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
He selected, as a companion for his return, a Mexican boy whose innate nobility was soon developed.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
With an innate power of summarizing and balancing thoughts and sensations, he draws up arguments for and against this act.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
He had that innate love and tenderness that is given to his kind instead of other things.
"The Truce of God" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
All about you are highly prosperous people with no more innate merits than you have.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
It proved the innate gentleness and sweetness of him who was now an angel in Heaven.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Shameful neglect, I repeat, and not innate depravity, drives our children into by-ways and forbidden paths.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various
He commenced to chafe under his innate respect and deference for women, to resent and to despise it.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
I'd stake my life on her morality and innate refinement.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
My own innate and troublesome decency forces me to add that he is worth it.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler

In poetry:

Where a purer people,
Led by laws innate,
Shall, towards the heavens,
Tower in grander state.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
And in the shade we saw the face
Of our dear infant sleeping near,
And thou wert by to smile and hear,
And speak with innate truth and grace.
"Recollections" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
You mean to tell me, then, the hopes which fed
Your youth have not been realized as yet?
Some obstacle has barred them hitherto?
Or that their innate . . .
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
Though many of our meats are mighty nice,
Yet in them all no innate virtue lies
To feed us, or our hunger to repress,
If thou thyself didst not the creatures bless.
"Another, Before Meat" by Rees Prichard
If, haply such the fair Judean finds,
Self-knowledge wept the abasing truth to know;
And innate Pride, that queen of noble minds,
Crushed them indignant ere a bud could grow.
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
"My friends, whose innate worth the wise man's praise
And the fool's censure equally betrays,
Accept the humble blessing of my Muse,
Nor your assistance to her aim refuse,
She asks not flattery, but let her claim
A kind perusal, and a secret name."
"A Voice from the Cloister (extract)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

There's something innately satisfying about getting your photos and status updates "liked" on Facebook, but it's nothing like getting a real hug.
) My flat ears did not produce innate coolness, so, surprise, a little teasing came my way.
They're not clubs composed of people who possess innate characterological trustworthiness .
If sexual orientation is biological, are the traits that make people seem gay innate, too.
The ability to rock it to the rhythm of the beat appears to be innately -- and uniquely -- human.
Christmas Cacti need two things to innate re- blooming .
The innate biases that cause us to adjust our perceptions and memories toward the positive give us unique advantages.
Do babies have an innate moral compass .
It may not elude us if we understand that we are innately endowed with the skills for creating positive connections and if we practice them.
Call it instinct, call it intuition, or some innate talent for defining beauty and style.
Of course, AD does have its vulnerable points, and if you design your forest poorly there are ways you can screw up its innate fault tolerance.
One of the issues that has prevented the full participation of females in math and the sciences is the persistent belief that males have innate math skills that are superior to those of females.
There's something innately satisfying about getting your photos and status updates "liked" on Facebook, but it's nothing like getting a real hug .
Hitting, humility innate for Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.
I agree with Horgan that war is not an innate biological function, rather an invention.

In science:

There we study innately transitive permutation groups with a non-abelian, simple plinth that preserve a Cartesian decomposition of the underlying set.
Transitive simple subgroups of wreath products in product action
Let G be an innately transitive group with plinth M acting on Ω , and let ω ∈ Ω .
Transitive simple subgroups of wreath products in product action
Let G be an innately transitive group on Ω with plinth M , and let ω be a fixed element of Ω .
Transitive simple subgroups of wreath products in product action
Let G be an innately transitive group on Ω with plinth M .
Transitive simple subgroups of wreath products in product action
Let G be an innately transitive permutation group on Ω with a nonabelian, simple plinth T , let ω ∈ Ω , E ∈ CD(G) , and let W be the stabiliser of E in Sym Ω .
Transitive simple subgroups of wreath products in product action
The second population of boomcrash (dragon-kings) appears when the innate propensity to herd reaches a threshold above which a self-reinforcing positive feedback loop starts to operate intermittently.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Impact of C2 , the innate susceptibility to the news, onto the transition from the efficient to the excitable regime in function of C1 , the innate susceptibility to neighbors’ actions.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
This means the pipeline user has full control over which version of data from a survey is considered using the innate data lineage in Astro-WISE.
The Data Zoo in Astro-WISE
In response, the more virulent virus strain increased in number in regions where rabbits had the highest innate resistance. (For a relatively recent review, see the article by Fenner and Kerr [168]).
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Towards a conceptual framework for innate immunity.
Next Challenges in Bringing Artificial Immune Systems to Production in Network Security
The ideas developed in the linguistic community, which introduced the thesis of considering some linguistic structures as innate with some specific properties genetically encoded in a language module or organ have been very prolific.
Viability of an elementary syntactic structure in a population playing Naming Games
In this view, linguistic constructions are not innate, but rather they are acquired through some form of probabilistic learning.
Viability of an elementary syntactic structure in a population playing Naming Games
Although frequently this is more down to our ability to calculate within the theory than its innate properties, pragmatically in constructing ever more realistic models the community is naturally drawn to those regions.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review
Because it has neurophysiological underpinnings and thus is, in a sense, innate, rejecting the CCP is no easy task.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
If it is in fact innate then this is the best we can do.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm