from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Existing at birth or from the beginning; inborn or inherent.
  • adj. Originating at the same time; related.
  • adj. Being in close accord or sympathy; congenial: "In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets and villages” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson).
  • adj. Biology Joined or united with a structure of the same kind, as sepals or petals.
  • adj. Geology Trapped in sediment or rock at the time of deposition: connate water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. cognate
  • adj. inborn
  • adj. united with others of the same kind (especially of sepals or petals)
  • adj. trapped within a rock at the time of its formation (especially of water or petroleum)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Born with another; being of the same birth.
  • adj. Congenital; existing from birth.
  • adj. Congenitally united; growing from one base, or united at their bases; united into one body. See Illust. of Connate-perfoliate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inborn; implanted at or existing from birth; congenital.
  • Cognate; allied in origin or nature.
  • In anat. and zoology, united; not separated by a, joint or suture; confluent; specifically, in entom., immovably united; soldered together. Thus, the menturn and ligula may be connate - that is, not separately movable.
  • In. botany, united congenitally: a general term including both adnate and coalescent. Some times coherent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of similar parts or organs; closely joined or united
  • adj. related in nature


Late Latin connātus, past participle of connāscī, to be born with : Latin com-, com- + Latin nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin connatus. See cognate. (Wiktionary)



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