• (adjective): Possessed at birth; inborn.
  • (adjective): Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent.
  • (adjective): Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of right and wrong.

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  • (adjective): present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development
  • (adjective): being talented through inherited qualities; "a natural leader"; "a born musician"; "an innate talent"
  • (adjective): not established by conditioning or learning; "an unconditioned reflex"

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  • They wished to be "loyal," but they would not surrender what they termed innate rights; they would not be taxed without representation, nor be debarred from manufacturing; nor consent to make

  • From this he inferred the existence of two distinct natures in man, the mental and the physical, and the existence of certain ideas which he called innate in the mind, and serving to connect it with the spiritual and invisible.

  • No, innate is the natural and predilection of behavior for a species which includes primate species such as “man”.

  • That is to say, certain innate personality traits predispose one to teaching/acting, but there are also techniques that can be learned and which can make an average actor/teacher a better one, and a good actor/teacher quite brilliant!

  • There is a certain innate nobility deep down in the hearts of all men, which forces them to admire a brave act, even if it is performed by an enemy.

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