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innate adj
1 not established by conditioning or learning; "an unconditioned reflex" [syn: unconditioned, unlearned] [ant: conditioned]
2 being talented through inherited qualities; "a natural leader"; "a born musician"; "an innate talent" [syn: natural, born(p), innate(p)]
3 present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development [syn: congenital, inborn, inherent]

User Contributed Dictionary




to innate
  1. To cause to exist; to call into being.


  1. Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.
  2. Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See A priori, Intuitive.
  3. Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.


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innate p

Extensive Definition

Intrinsic describes a characteristic or property of some thing or action which is essential and specific to that thing or action, and which is wholly independent of any other object, action or consequence. A characteristic which is not essential or inherent is extrinsic.
For example in biology, intrinsic effects originate from "inside" an organism or cell, such as an autoimmune disease or intrinsic immunity.
More specific uses of the concepts can be found:
innate in German: Extrinsisch
innate in French: Inné
innate in Japanese: 生得的
innate in Urdu: خلقی

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