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innate

in·nate

innate

 
pronunciation:
ih neIt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: belonging to or existing in someone or some organism from the time of birth; inborn.
Shyness may be an innate characteristic of some human beings.
synonyms:
inborn, inherent, native
antonyms:
acquired
similar words:
congenital, constitutional, immanent, instinctive, natural, organic, temperamental
definition 2: of the essential nature of something.
the innate complexity of the subject
synonyms:
inherent, intrinsic
similar words:
basic, constitutional, essential, fundamental, immanent, natural, organic, radical
definition 3: originating solely in the mind and not from experience.
innate belief in a god
synonyms:
intuitive
similar words:
inherent, instinctive, visceral
derivations: innately (adv.), innateness (n.)
Word Parts
The word innate contains the following parts:
in-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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The prefix in-1 occurs in Latin loanwords and thus attaches to Latin roots (infect , inscribe ). -in1 has multiple forms, as the "n" sound in in- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms il-1, im-1, and ir-1.
nat Latin root that means birth; born