What Does Innate Mean?


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Swarda Padwal Profile
Swarda Padwal answered
The word innate is an adjective and originated in Latin. It was obtained from the word 'innatus'. Innatus is a past participle of the verb innasci. Innasci means 'to be born in'. Later, it was adapted by the Middle English as 'innat'. The word 'innate' is used to describe something that is possessed at birth. Such a quality is said to be inborn. For example: she had an innate dancing talent. Another meaning of innate could be 'essential or important'. For example: innate common sense. Here common sense described as an essential characteristic which to the nature of a person.

Innate could also be something that is not learnt through experience. Such things arise in the mind. For example: she had an innate knowledge of good and bad. It is explained that she did not learnt it through experience but it was produced in her mind. Congenital, hereditary, inherited, native, built-in, connatural, constitutional, elemental, inborn, inbreed, indigenous, indwelling, ingrained, inherent, intrinsic, native and natural are the words that are synonymous to innate.
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Evelyn Vaz answered
Innate generally refers to something that has an 'inbuilt' or natural characteristic or ability. This could refer to anything like quality or even capability that is inborn or possessed from the time of birth. It is derived from the Middle English word innat, and from the Latin word innātus, which means to be born. The synonyms of innate are inborn, inbred, congenital, and hereditary.

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