Definition of inbuilt in US English:



  • Existing as an original or essential part of something or someone.

    ‘the body's inbuilt ability to heal itself’
    • ‘Your body has an inbuilt mechanism which ensures the pain you endured is lost deep in the recesses of your subconscious, enabling you to psyche yourself up for the next time.’
    • ‘Satisfying his inbuilt drive to explore and understand, Peter had experienced real science, science not swamped by a torrent of words.’
    • ‘My inbuilt political correctness allowed me to express my opinion that the recently passed laws regarding same sex marriages are just an equalisation of rights.’
    • ‘This is an inherent inbuilt attitude that men have towards women.’
    • ‘Most new laptops have an inbuilt Wi-Fi capability.’
    • ‘Those vested with governing power have a natural inbuilt reluctance to accept restrictions on the exercise of their authority.’
    • ‘Some people think our climate has natural inbuilt stabilisers.’
    • ‘I have bought a machine with inbuilt wireless, so I will have to go around hunting in London for wireless hotspots, I suppose.’
    • ‘I know that some of them are risking their lives for finding out facts as well, but at the same time there is an inbuilt tendency to look for the worst case interpretation.’
    • ‘Most people have a kind of inbuilt mechanism that enables them to maintain a steady confidence in their own opinions and beliefs, but mine is more fragile than that.’
    • ‘Hopefully my desire to improve the boring appearance of my blog will be stronger than my inbuilt resistance to learning anything technical.’
    • ‘Yet television's soundbite culture, its inbuilt tendency to trivialise, is seen as being in direct opposition to the complexity and subtlety of the law.’
    • ‘If I haven't come out spitting blood it is only because I have become philosophical about what football can throw at you and have an inbuilt resistance to showing emotion.’
    • ‘He needs also to challenge the inbuilt tendency of his colleagues to focus on how to distribute the resources they have rather than focus on entrepreneurialism and wealth creation.’
    • ‘The new hospital does not have inbuilt air conditioning on the general wards and there is not a legionella problem there, either in the air condition, ventilation or water system.’
    • ‘Personally I think that a musician or for that matter every artist is an adventurer, so there is no inbuilt defense mechanism that stops you from exploring.’
    • ‘I'm sure I have mentioned this elsewhere before, but social skills seem to be inbuilt into the American education system in a way that they are just not in the UK.’
    • ‘Clearly, now, there were inbuilt flaws from the start.’
    • ‘He is also concerned about students using MMS phones with inbuilt cameras to take secret pictures of teachers in the classroom.’
    • ‘But you do at least get to record ‘video e-mails’ using the inbuilt camera and microphone.’
    built-in, integral, incorporated
    inherent, intrinsic, innate, ingrained, congenital, natural, native
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