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 (kə-năch′ər-əl, kŏ-)
1. Innate; inborn.
2. Related or similar in nature; cognate.

[Medieval Latin connātūrālis : Latin com-, com- + Latin nātūrālis, by birth; see natural.]

con·nat′u·ral′i·ty (-ə-răl′ĭ-tē) n.
con·nat′u·ral·ly adv.
con·nat′u·ral·ness n.
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1. having a similar nature or origin
2. congenital or innate; connate
conˈnaturally adv
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(kəˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl)

1. belonging to one by nature or from birth or origin; inborn.
2. of the same or a similar nature.
[1585–95; < Medieval Latin connātūrālis= Latin con- con- + nātūrālis natural]
con•nat′u•ral•ly, adv.
con•nat`u•ral′i•ty, n.
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Adj.1.connatural - similar in nature; "and mix with our connatural dust"- John Milton
similar - marked by correspondence or resemblance; "similar food at similar prices"; "problems similar to mine"; "they wore similar coats"
2.connatural - normally existing at birth; "mankind's connatural sense of the good"
native - belonging to one by birth; "my native land"; "one's native language"
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1. Forming an essential element, as arising from the basic structure of an individual:
2. Connected by or as if by kinship or common origin:
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Methinks I feel new strength within me rise, Wings growing, and Dominion giv'n me large Beyond this Deep; whatever drawes me on, Or sympathie, or som connatural force Powerful at greatest distance to unite With secret amity things of like kinde By secretest conveyance.
In connatural knowledge of religious truth, on the contrary, "the manifestation of the divine things comes out of the affection towards them." (72) That is to say, Aquinas's account of religious epistemology says that one's love of God causes the very cognition of God or of divine matters, though the initial love of God itself presupposes some more primitive cognition of God (for one cannot love anything before cognizing the thing one loves).
It identifies without developing key themes in this synthesis: a grounding in the Pauline anthropology of body./ soul/spirit; attention to the moral imagination since the human spirit expresses itself more clearly through images than ideas; and a broader notion of the rational basis of moral reflection to include the connatural knowledge acquired in prayer, insight from spiritual reading, emotional awareness awakened by engaging the imagination in prayer, somatic awareness discovered in spiritual disciplines, and the sense of the faith nurtured by participating in the liturgical traditions of the Church.
Observando de esta forma, descubrir que es esencial y connatural al hombre el impulso del deseo hacia lo hermoso y optimo; descubrir tambien, sembrado en su naturaleza, el amor impasible y feliz hacia aquella Imagen inteligible y bienaventurada de la que el hombre es copia>> (32).
Gifts as Connatural, Intuitive, and Instinctive Knowing