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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.
So, for example, dis-ability as a concept is always positioned in a bewilderingly complicated network of other terms, such as innateness; trait theory; genetics; biology; historical origin; evolutionary theory; cognitive, developmental, intellectual, physical and sensory impairment, and many more.
Khalidi, M., "Innateness and Domain Specificity", en: Philosophical Studies, 105 (2001), pp.
Studies in affective neuroscience, which support the ideas of innateness in the work of Jung and Patanjali, are then reviewed.
were disagreements, to be sure--about the innateness of Native
Many similar behaviors, in terms of innateness and stereotypy, are found among various animal taxa.
Marcus, Innateness, AlphaZero, and Artificial Intelligence, 2018, arXiv:1801.05667
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.
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.
Later, in the quote just presented, where Prinz criticizes the innateness hypothesis, he uses the same study as evidence in favor of his emotionist proposal, arguing that the individuals participating in the experiment do make moral judgments.