One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of ideas or principles) existing in a person or thing from birth; innate.‘are our ethical values connate?’
inborn, natural, inbred, congenital, inherent, intrinsic, instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, unlearned, untaughtView synonyms
- ‘The fact that compassion is both voluntary and learned differentiates it from other kinds of suffering, which are involuntary and connate.’
(of parts) united so as to form a single part.
- ‘In young flowers all the carpels are connate at the base, and each mature mericarp represents a single carpel rather than half a carpel as is the case in Lamiaceae and Boraginaceae.’
- ‘Five united stamens are adnate to the top of the pistil, which is made up of five connate carpels.’
- ‘Sepals and petals are usually similar in form and free, but the lateral sepals may be connate to different degrees, forming a spur.’
- ‘Disk florets have a tubular corolla with five small radially symmetrical lobes and five connate anthers forming a cylinder around the style.’
- ‘Autozooidal apertures are oval and aligned in raised, radial rows diverging from depressed maculae; they are sometimes connate but more usually separated from adjacent apertures.’
(of water) trapped in sedimentary rock during its deposition.
- ‘In addition, he determined that the Na / K ratios of the included fluids were low, suggesting that the minerals were deposited from hydrothermal solutions of meteoric rather than connate origin.’
- ‘This water is thought to be associated with condensation from the ventilation system or connate water from the salt itself.’
- ‘The origin of the vein-forming fluids - whether magmatic, meteoric, or connate - may also be determined from a study of the oxygen isotopes of the inclusions.’
Mid 17th century: from late Latin connatus, past participle of connasci, from con- ‘together’ + nasci ‘be born’.
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