Definitions

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

  • adj. Innate; inborn.
  • adj. Related or similar in nature; cognate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Similar in nature.
  • adj. inborn; inherent; natural

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Connected by nature; united in nature; inborn; inherent; natural.
  • adj. Partaking of the same nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the same nature; like in quality or kind; closely related or assimilated.
  • Belonging by birth or nature; intimately pertaining; connate; inborn.

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

  • adj. similar in nature
  • adj. normally existing at birth

Etymologies

Medieval Latin connātūrālis : Latin com-, com- + Latin nātūrālis, by birth; see natural.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
con- +‎ natural (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But whether the obedience of a pious life, performed out of a belief or persuasion of the truth of the gospel, ought to pass for that faith which justifies, or only for the effect or consequent of it, yet certainly it is such an effect as issues by a kind of connatural, constant efficiency and result from it.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. II.

  • Benedict uses a low-key version of gift theory to promote the idea that connatural with the divine plan are forms of economic activity with a built-in element of the gratuitous: in effect, preferential treatment by business in dealing with the poor.

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  • Peace is natural, happiness is connatural in our species.

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  • It is well to be a wow gold, it is well to have a cultivated intellect, a delicate taste, a candid, equitable, dispassionate mind, a noble and courteous bearing in the conduct of life — these are the connatural qualities of a wow gold; they are the objects of a University.

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  • The Dawe Brothers: Such a connatural, close knit military family is rare in this day and age. posted by The Monarchist at 2:42 PM

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  • “The unitive act of man and woman cannot be separated from its connatural dimension, which is that of procreation and which makes responsible paternity and maternity possible.”

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  • Epicurus himself, in his Second Book against Theophrastus, affirming that colors are not connatural to bodies, but are engendered there according to certain situations and positions with respect to the sight of man, says: “For this reason a body is no more colored than destitute of color.”

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • The subjects of drying are water and the various watery fluids and those bodies which contain water either foreign or connatural.

    Meteorology

  • For the matter is what is determined by the heat connatural to the object, and as long as the ratio between them exists in it a thing maintains its nature.

    Meteorology

  • By foreign I mean like the water in wool, by connatural, like that in milk.

    Meteorology

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