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  • adj. Innate, inborn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Innate; inborn; inbred; inherent; native; ingenerate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Innate; inborn; native; ingenerate.


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From Latin ingenitus.


  • If it be distinguished from them, it is natural or ingenite, which comes by some defect of the organs, and overmuch brain, as we see in our common fools; and is for the most part intended or remitted in particular men, and thereupon some are wiser than others: or else it is acquisite, an appendix or symptom of some other disease, which comes or goes; or if it continue, a sign of melancholy itself.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • For we must observe, that there is not only in the mind of man an ingenite sense of turpe and honestum, that constantly inclines him to the practice of such virtuous actions, but also a strong inclination of appetite, that, like a constant remora, stops and impedes the virtuous principle; and withal, like a bias, sways and carries him to what is vicious and irregular.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VI.

  • Aristotle, indeed, affirms the mind to be at first a mere rasa tabula; and that these notions are not ingenite, and imprinted by the finger of nature, but by the latter and more languid impressions of sense; being only the reports of observation, and the result of so many repeated experiments.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. I.

  • a model in the Kyrie of the Mass, e.g. "Kyrie, fons bonitatis, pater ingenite, a quo bona cuncta procedunt, eleison."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy


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