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

  • adj. Possessed by an organism at birth. See Synonyms at innate.
  • adj. Inherited or hereditary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. innate, possessed by an organism at birth
  • adj. inherited or hereditary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Born in or with; implanted by nature; innate; congenital.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Innate; implanted by nature.
  • Native; aboriginal.
  • Synonyms Innate, Inbred, etc. See inherent.

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

  • adj. normally existing at birth
  • adj. present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development

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Examples

  • And all I had of thought or feeling, all that George Hammond had called my inborn poetry, came out that evening.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 76, February, 1864

  • Strictly speaking, however, any trait which appears in a child at birth might be called inborn, and some writers, particularly medical men, thus refer to traits acquired in prenatal life.

    Applied Eugenics

  • And the Freudians, starting out to prove that the experiences of the individual alone cause hysteria, by pushing back the time of those experiences to infancy (and lately to foetal life), have proved the contrary, that is, the inborn nature of the disease.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Limited on all sides by conditions which they must have felt to be none of their own imposing, and finding everywhere forces working, over which they had no control, the fear which they would naturally entertain of these invisible and mighty agents, assumed, under the direction of an idea which we may perhaps call inborn and inherent in human nature, a more generous character of reverence and awe.

    Froude's Essays in Literature and History With Introduction by Hilaire Belloc

  • Limited on all sides by conditions which they must have felt to be none of their own imposing, and finding everywhere forces working, over which they had no control, the fear which they would naturally entertain of these invisible and mighty agents assumed, under the direction of an idea which we may perhaps call inborn and inherent in human nature, a more generous character of reverence and awe.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects

  • At the first mention of this fact the human mind naturally resists its admission: it recoils from the idea of inborn corruption; it cannot endure to have a mirror placed before it, which so clearly manifests its deformity; and it strives, from the beginning, to argue itself out of the feeling which lies so deeply ingrafted in the very consciousness of the soul.

    Private Thoughts Upon Religion and a Christian Life; to which is Added the Necessity and Advantage of Frequent Communion. Volume I.

  • This sin is something that is inborn, which is first to be pardoned, then controlled, and finally annihilated by a new birth, by the grace of God, by the work of the Holy Spirit, by the entrance on the glory of heaven, by the mighty power by which a risen Savior is to raise these vile bodies and make them like His own body.

    Weedon's Blog

  • On the subject of evil, she said, in a matter-of-fact tone but without apparent rancour, that people do not change, that cruelty is "inborn" and that the Holocaust "could happen again".

    Rewind radio: Private Passions; Start the Week; Exchanges at the Frontier; Taking a Stand

  • He deludes himself into believing that he has not succumbed to radiation sickness because of some kind of inborn immunity, i.e. invincibility.

    Daniel Bruno Sanz: Bad Dreams From My Grandfather

  • As far as rights being "inborn," I think you citing the Declaration of Independence as support shows that this is essentially a religious view.

    Gresham's Law of Comments, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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