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 (kŏn′āt′, kŏ-nāt′)
1. Existing at birth or from the beginning; inborn or inherent.
2. Originating at the same time; related.
3. Being in close accord or sympathy; congenial: "In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets and villages" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
4. Biology Joined or united with a structure of the same kind, as sepals or petals.
5. Geology Trapped in sediment or rock at the time of deposition: connate water.

[Late Latin connātus, past participle of connāscī, to be born with : Latin com-, com- + Latin nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

con′nate′ly adv.
con′nate′ness n.


1. existing in a person or thing from birth; congenital or innate
2. allied or associated in nature or origin; cognate: connate qualities.
3. (Biology) biology Also called: coadunate (of similar parts or organs) closely joined or united together by growth
4. (Geological Science) geology (of fluids) produced or originating at the same time as the rocks surrounding them: connate water.
[C17: from Late Latin connātus born at the same time, from Latin nātus, from nāscī to be born]
ˈconnately adv
ˈconnateness n


(ˈkɒn eɪt)

1. existing in a person or thing from birth or origin; inborn.
2. associated in birth or origin.
3. allied or agreeing in nature; cognate.
4. (of anatomical parts) firmly united; fused.
5. congenitally joined, as leaves.
6. trapped in sediment at the time the sediment was deposited: connate water.
[1635–45; < Late Latin connātus, past participle of connāscī to be born at the same time with]
con′nate•ly, adv.
con′nate•ness, n.
con•na•tion (kəˈneɪ ʃən) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.connate - of similar parts or organs; closely joined or united; "a connate tomato flower"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
adnate - of unlike parts or organs; growing closely attached; "a calyx adnate to the ovary"
2.connate - related in nature; "connate qualities"
related, related to - being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics ; "painting and the related arts"; "school-related activities"; "related to micelle formation is the...ability of detergent actives to congregate at oil-water interfaces"


Connected by or as if by kinship or common origin: