from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Possessed at birth; inborn.
- adj. Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent.
- adj. Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of right and wrong.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.
- adj. Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See a priori, intuitive.
- adj. Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.
- v. To cause to exist; to call into being.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inborn; native; natural
- adj. Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience. See A priori, Intuitive.
- adj. Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament.
- transitive v. To cause to exit; to call into being.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inborn; natural; pertaining to the inherited constitution of body or mind; not derived or acquired from any external source; especially, native to the mind; instinctive: as, an innate tendency to virtue or vice; innate ideas.
- In botany: Borne on the apex of the supporting part: as, an innate anther, which is one that directly continues and corresponds to the apex of the filament.
- Born within; originating within the matrix, or within the substance of the plant.
- To bring or call into existence; inform.
- In biology, characteristic of a species or common to the individuals of a species, or alike in parent and in offspring; hereditary; constitutional; congenital.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being talented through inherited qualities
- adj. not established by conditioning or learning
- adj. present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
Middle English innat, from Latin innātus, past participle of innāscī, to be born in : in-, in; see in-2 + nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin innātus ("inborn"), perfect active participle of innāscor ("be born in, grow up in"), from in ("in, at on") + nāscor ("be born"); see natal, native. (Wiktionary)