One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Inborn; natural.‘her innate capacity for organization’
inborn, natural, inbred, congenital, inherent, intrinsic, instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, unlearned, untaughtView synonyms
- ‘They love to learn, not so much to earn, but to explore their innate capacities.’
- ‘Once again, one should never undervalue the innate decency of ordinary and not so ordinary Americans.’
- ‘We found that many children, even those not much exposed to classical music at home, had an innate interest in it.’
- ‘She has no friends and, due to her innate tactlessness, appears to lack the capacity to make any.’
- ‘I saw a wrong and I wanted to right it; it's just a basic innate instinct to me.’
- ‘We are choosing the bit of time that best fits our innate capacities, our abilities, and our aims.’
- ‘Even our intelligence, prized in our individualistic culture as a symbol of innate uniqueness, turns out to be a social gift.’
- ‘I assure you it has nothing to do with bravery, or some innate motivation to break the big story.’
- ‘They were also given vital tips to hone their innate skills, which would help them face the stiff competition.’
- ‘The capacity for memory is clearly innate, but not special to any particular domain.’
- ‘No amount of scientific progress, moreover, has separated the world from our apprehension of its innate destiny.’
- ‘That capacity is not innate to them: it must be socialized into them by educational institutions.’
- ‘They have an innate sense of rhythm and produce music using basic instruments.’
- ‘There is innate hostility to organised labour on the college board.’
- ‘Children have no innate fear of water and must be carefully supervised.’
- ‘The annual concert was a fusion of education and entertainment as the kids displayed their innate talents.’
- ‘The more we can restore innate natural poise the more we can enjoy physical harmony in activity, and in stillness.’
- ‘The shops, too, seem to lack any innate sense of décor and creative display, choosing instead to pile it high and sell it cheap.’
- ‘Success has come so naturally that the young Italian exudes an innate, unquestioned belief in his own talents.’
- ‘His innate decency and instinctive way with people also masked a deep-seated confidence.’
- 1.1Philosophy Originating in the mind.
- ‘It has often been claimed that primitive mathematical notions are innate to the human mind.’
- ‘Hume maintained that Descartes was wrong to hold that we possess innate ideas of mind, God, body, and world.’
- ‘Unlike Locke, Hume has no objection to saying that impressions are innate.’
- ‘It follows that the Leibnizian theory of innate ideas is substantially correct.’
Late Middle English: from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci, from in- ‘into’ + nasci ‘be born’.
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