March 14, 2013
- innate (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : existing in or belonging to an individual from birth2 : inherent
- How do you use it?
- She has an innate sense of rhythm.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "innate"?"Innate," "inborn," "inbred," and "hereditary" mean present since birth or seeming to be so. "Innate" applies to qualities or characteristics that are part of a person's inner nature, as in "He has an innate sense of fairness." "Inborn" suggests a quality or tendency that a person is born with or that is especially deep-rooted, as in "They both have an inborn love of nature." "Inbred" suggests something either acquired from parents by heredity or so ingrained as to seem acquired in that way, as in "The president was known to have an inbred love of freedom." "Hereditary" refers to what is acquired before or at birth from someone's ancestors, as in "Eye color is hereditary."