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 Dictionary entry overview: What does innate mean? 

INNATE (adjective)
  The adjective INNATE has 3 senses:

1. not established by conditioning or learning
2. being talented through inherited qualities
3. present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development

  Familiarity information: INNATE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INNATE (adjective)

Sense 1innate [BACK TO TOP]


Not established by conditioning or learning


innate; unlearned; unconditioned

Context example:

an unconditioned reflex


naive (inexperienced)

Sense 2innate [BACK TO TOP]


Being talented through inherited qualities


born; innate; natural

Context examples:

a natural leader / a born musician / an innate talent


intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)

Sense 3innate [BACK TO TOP]


Present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development


congenital; inborn; innate


nonheritable; noninheritable (not inheritable)

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