One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Belonging naturally; innate.‘connatural qualities of the human character’
inherent, innate, inborn, inbred, congenital, natural, native, constitutional, built-in, ingrained, deep-rooted, inseparable, permanent, indelible, ineradicable, ineffaceableView synonyms
- ‘What he calls not innate, but connatural qualities of the human character, was, during the latter part of the last century, entirely rejected; but of late there appears a tendency to return to the notion consecrated by antiquity.’
- ‘Hence, this law is promulgated through our connatural knowledge, and it is called ‘natural’ because obedience to it leads us toward the good that we desire by nature.’
- ‘Thus it is plain that it is the connatural mode of the human soul to receive knowledge as a habit.’
- ‘The family is connatural to man and was instituted by God.’
- ‘As man, He was the ‘perfect connatural principle of all forces of supernatural activity.’’
- ‘This a priori orientation toward being - with its implicit pre-conceptual awareness of being by connatural affinity and desire, as we know a good by being drawn to it - is a genuine a priori presence of being to the human mind constitutive of its very nature as a dynamic faculty.’
- ‘Innate is a word he poorly plays upon: the right word, though less used, is connatural.’
- ‘That's why photos, in contrast, make great backgrounds and fills for sharp-edged text and geometric primitives, and that's why soft gradients and blurring seem so connatural to digitized photography.’
- ‘But her limbs have internalized the aesthetic of the dance; beautiful movement, or at least beautiful movement of that kind, has become connatural.’
- ‘The common principles of prudence, indeed, are connatural to man; but other principles of a practical kind are acquired by experience or instruction.’
- ‘Since this change of perspective cannot be obtained in years but in generations, we believe in connatural pedagogics.’
- ‘In fact, in the post-lapsarian situation, even ‘connatural’ moral actions require some sort of gracious assistance.’
Late 16th century: from late Latin connaturalis, from con- ‘together’ + Latin naturalis ‘natural’.
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