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 (ĭ-nāt′, ĭn′āt′)
a. Existing naturally or by heredity rather than being learned through experience: "Chimpanzees show an innate distrust of contact with strangers" (Cindy Engel).
b. Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of right and wrong.
2. Possessed as an essential characteristic; inherent: "As the Army and farmers built more and more levees, the Missouri lost an innate capacity to absorb its frequent excesses" (William Least Heat-Moon).

[Middle English innat, from Latin innātus, past participle of innāscī, to be born in : in-, in; see in-2 + nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

in·nate′ly adv.
in·nate′ness n.
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Noun1.innateness - the quality of being innate
unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness, changelessness - the quality of being unchangeable; having a marked tendency to remain unchanged
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About the Author : Jessica Butts, MA, is a psychotherapist, life fulfillment coach, and Myers-Briggs expert whose mission is to inspire others to Accomplish Magnificent Things by embracing their innateness.
But see Edward Stein, Immutability and Innateness Arguments About Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Rights, 89 Chi.
But these other sources could not be relied upon to track the truth in the way that either innateness or reason might have done, meaning that the truth of the hypothesis could no longer be demonstrated from the mere fact that so many people believed it.
Innateness doesn't matter for the purposes of this discussion.
Therefore, besides religious concepts, the notion of innateness can be well applied to almost all situations.
Herdt states that "the traits of biological innateness, sexual exclusivity of erotic behavior, lifelong adherence to same-gender relations .
Because of this, masculinity should not be seen as "a psychological innateness of the social self (the Freudian or Jungian model) or a product of functional and largely static sex roles" (Whitehead 89).
Without such a critical theory EE maintains the assumptions and taken-for-granted beliefs that current global environmental conditions exist due to the natural order of things and the innateness of "human nature".
No one can deny them due to their innateness and being confirmed through intuition.
This view is also shared by Farah et al, (2000) who found crucial evidence for the innateness of a face specific module.
Similarly, much of the evidence accumulated by the leading advocates of the innateness of IQ, such as the Pioneer Fund, comes from twin adoption studies, which seem to show that individuals' IQ and personality traits are far closer to those of their fraternal or (especially) identical twins raised apart than to unrelated foster siblings or parents, and this pattern of similarity grows steadily stronger over time.