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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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It is also possible that these behavioral niche differences vary in time and space; however, because of the apparent innateness of diel movement patterns, spatial variation in diel movement is less likely in areas replete with food.
Within the context of philosophical psychology, the questions of what innateness is and what it means to say that a given trait is innate are said to have no clear answers.
In her contribution published in this volume, "Violenza dell'umano / (Non)violenza dell'inumano," Giusi Strummiello focuses on the innateness of violence while reflecting on the notions developed by Theodor W.
2) The simultaneous emergence of different aspects of a whole system also provides indirect evidence for the innateness of the input analyzers and computational machinery that constitute core cognition.
Concentrating on speculative principles, he notes that the lack of awareness children and the uneducated have of them argues against their purported innateness.
The Origins of music: Innateness, uniqueness, and Evolution.
In this respect, Jonathan Jong and Aku Visala's topography of the term is helpful inasmuch as contemporary discussion about human nature takes the form of (a) universal claims, (b) claims for uniqueness, and (c) the quest for innateness.
The consequence is the sort of picture Adrian projects in asserting the innateness of his gayness does not exist within the perimeters of Darwin's clear-cut evolutionary theory; Darwin declares that not even an instance subsists and it has not been found to date.
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.
Peirce's tripartite model of the sign as "interpretant," whose "immediate" state is potentiality or innateness, and whose "final" state constitutes a kind of Aristotelian completion incorporating all possibilities.