from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a condition that is present at birth, as a result of either heredity or environmental influences: a congenital heart defect; congenital syphilis.
- adj. Being or having an essential characteristic as if by nature; inherent or inveterate: "the congenital American optimism that denies conflicts and imagines all stories having happy endings” ( Robert J. Samuelson). See Synonyms at innate.
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- adj. Present since birth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Existing at, or dating from, birth; pertaining to one from birth; born with one; connate; constitutional; natural. See connate and native.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Produced or existing at birth; innate; native: as, congenital disease; congenital deformity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
From Latin congenitus : com-, com- + genitus, born, past participle of gignere, to bear; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)