in·nate /ɪˈnet, ˈɪˌ/
in·nate /ɪnˈet, ˈɪnˌ/ 形容詞
In·nate v. t. To cause to exit; to call into being. [Obs.] “The first innating cause.”
1. Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence.
2. Metaph. Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See A priori, Intuitive.
There is an innate light in every man, discovering to him the first lines of duty in the common notions of good and evil. --South.
Men would not be guilty if they did not carry in their mind common notions of morality, innate and written in divine letters. --Fleming (Origen).
If I could only show, as I hope I shall . . . how men, barely by the use of their natural faculties, may attain to all the knowledge they have, without the help of any innate impressions; and may arrive at certainty without any such original notions or principles. --Locke.
3. Bot. Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther.
Innate ideas Metaph., ideas, as of God, immortality, right and wrong, supposed by some to be inherent in the mind, as a priori principles of knowledge.
adj 1: not established by conditioning or learning; "an
unconditioned reflex" [syn: unconditioned, unlearned]
2: being talented through inherited qualities; "a natural
leader"; "a born musician"; "an innate talent" [syn: natural,
3: present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired
during fetal development [syn: congenital, inborn, inherent]