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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 should be noted here that few participants perceived innateness as synonymous with the individual difference in some inborn qualities while others agreed upon a sense that an inborn attribute is present in all human beings.
Studies in affective neuroscience, which support the ideas of innateness in the work of Jung and Patanjali, are then reviewed.
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Many similar behaviors, in terms of innateness and stereotypy, are found among various animal taxa.
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This modality is oriented towards educating bilingual individuals, who are able to acquire two languages: a natural one, namely, sign language (which the deaf would be inclined to acquire, just like hearers are prone to acquire speech, as we are predisposed to acquiring a language, as a result of the innateness of the language faculty (22)) and another language, which is that of the country where we are born, in its written modality.
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.
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.