Definition of innate in English:



  • 1Inborn; natural.

    ‘her innate capacity for organization’
    • ‘They were also given vital tips to hone their innate skills, which would help them face the stiff competition.’
    • ‘I assure you it has nothing to do with bravery, or some innate motivation to break the big story.’
    • ‘We found that many children, even those not much exposed to classical music at home, had an innate interest in it.’
    • ‘Once again, one should never undervalue the innate decency of ordinary and not so ordinary Americans.’
    • ‘She has no friends and, due to her innate tactlessness, appears to lack the capacity to make any.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have an innate sense of rhythm and produce music using basic instruments.’
    • ‘We are choosing the bit of time that best fits our innate capacities, our abilities, and our aims.’
    • ‘The shops, too, seem to lack any innate sense of décor and creative display, choosing instead to pile it high and sell it cheap.’
    • ‘His innate decency and instinctive way with people also masked a deep-seated confidence.’
    • ‘Even our intelligence, prized in our individualistic culture as a symbol of innate uniqueness, turns out to be a social gift.’
    • ‘They love to learn, not so much to earn, but to explore their innate capacities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I saw a wrong and I wanted to right it; it's just a basic innate instinct to me.’
    • ‘Success has come so naturally that the young Italian exudes an innate, unquestioned belief in his own talents.’
    • ‘The more we can restore innate natural poise the more we can enjoy physical harmony in activity, and in stillness.’
    • ‘There is innate hostility to organised labour on the college board.’
    • ‘The capacity for memory is clearly innate, but not special to any particular domain.’
    inborn, natural, inbred, congenital, inherent, intrinsic, instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, unlearned, untaught
    hereditary, inherited, in the blood, in the family
    quintessential, organic, essential, basic, fundamental, constitutional, built-in, inbuilt, ingrown, deep-rooted, deep-seated
    connate, connatural
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    1. 1.1Philosophy Originating in the mind.
      • ‘Hume maintained that Descartes was wrong to hold that we possess innate ideas of mind, God, body, and world.’
      • ‘It follows that the Leibnizian theory of innate ideas is substantially correct.’
      • ‘It has often been claimed that primitive mathematical notions are innate to the human mind.’
      • ‘Unlike Locke, Hume has no objection to saying that impressions are innate.’


Late Middle English: from Latin innatus, past participle of innasci, from in- into + nasci be born.