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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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(kəˌnætʃərˈælɪtɪ) or


the quality of being connatural
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discovers in self-reflective thought a "transcendence and immanence." He declares, "The connaturality between mind and nature is thus moved a step beyond the biological processes of evolution to the dynamism of a spiritual mind within these processes as an explanatory principle" 149).
When a person's capacity for truth and love becomes most ordered, she "sees" and chooses out of connaturality with God.
The theologian's task must be something more than manipulation of propositions, especially if Aquinas is correct that it has as its object God himself, and that true knowledge can only come by connaturality. But to characterize theology as reflection on something God has revealed in human experience, even Christian experience, seems very risky.
This perception of good and likeness in an object is due to a natural affinity or proportionate connaturality (1a2ae 26-28).
In other words, we must invert the classical proposition, "Man created technology and is therefore its master," to "Technology makes man, who is indispensable to it, and the process evolves through the 'connaturality' of both." The agent of this acquired connaturality is the process of persuasion.
Even though he draws from results of behavioural research, he emphasizes autonomy and connaturality. "The point is not keeping our natural predisposition hidden, but on the very contrary--revealing it" (Pink 2008: 67).
The presence of the Spirit gives Christians a certain connaturality with divine realities, and a wisdom which enables them to grasp those realities intuitively, even when they lack the wherewithal to give them precise expression.
The painter endows the rabbit, in that unique act of comprehension by connaturality which is the basis of all art, with the irreducible quality of Kreaturlichkeit (creatureliness).
In the artists' case, the outer and inner world are grasped together in what Maritain calls knowledge by connaturality (82-84).
Their topics include his refutation of Hume, connaturality and the metaphysics and epistemology of virtues, MacIntyre and Kovesi on the nature of moral concepts, legal reasoning, and Kovesi on natural world concepts and the theory of meaning.
Instead, he draws upon Jacques Maritain's understanding of the knowledge of natural law through inclination, through "connaturality," not through pure, disembodied reason.
FIONA BARKER, "Connaturality and the Cogitative Power: A Thomistic Account of the Influence of Culture on Moral Formation." Adviser: Gregory Beabout.