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INNATE

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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]

Meaning:

Not established by conditioning or learning

Synonyms:

innate; unlearned; unconditioned

Context example:

an unconditioned reflex

Similar:

naive (inexperienced)


Sense 2innate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being talented through inherited qualities

Synonyms:

born; innate; natural

Context examples:

a natural leader / a born musician / an innate talent

Similar:

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


Sense 3innate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

congenital; inborn; innate

Similar:

nonheritable; noninheritable (not inheritable)


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