innate


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innate

1. Botany (of anthers) joined to the filament by the base only
2. (in rationalist philosophy) (of ideas) present in the mind before any experience and knowable by pure reason

innate

[i′nāt]
(biology)
Pertaining to a natural or inborn character dependent on genetic constitution.
(botany)
Positioned at the apex of a supporting structure.
(mycology)
Embedded in, especially of an organ such as the fruiting body embedded in the thallus of some fungi.
References in classic literature ?
Does love, then, between the sexes depend on this congenial sympathy and innate evidence?
At best it is but a higher development of innate gifts common to all.
After every foolish day we sleep off the fumes and furies of its hours; and though we are always engaged with particulars, and often enslaved to them, we bring with us to every experiment the innate universal laws.
That he joyed in killing, and that he killed with a joyous laugh upon his handsome lips betokened no innate cruelty.
Now, I have come to the conclusion that the basis of all that has happened, has been first of all your innate inexperience (remark the expression 'innate,' prince).
I do not know whether it came from his own innate depravity or from the promptings of his master, but he was rude enough to set a dog at me.
Only the vicissitudes of life can show us its vanity and develop our innate love of death or of rebirth to a new life.
Lydgate relied much on the psychological difference between what for the sake of variety I will call goose and gander: especially on the innate submissiveness of the goose as beautifully corresponding to the strength of the gander.
This placid life developed in Wordsworth, to an extraordinary degree, an innate sensibility to natural sights and sounds--the flower and its shadow on the stone, the cuckoo and its echo.
That such nobility of character could lie beneath so repulsive an exterior never ceased to be a source of wonder and amazement to her, until at last the innate chivalry of the man, and his unfailing kindliness and sympathy transformed his appearance in so far as Jane was concerned until she saw only the sweetness of his character mirrored in his countenance.
She was like a study in undernotes, and yet"--Lovell paused a moment--"and yet no Spanish dancing woman, whose dark eyes and voluptuous figure have won her the crown of the demi-monde, ever possessed that innate and mystic gift of kindling passion like that woman.
He had thoughts of asking her to luncheon, but his was the innate chivalry of the frontiersman, and the thoughts never came to anything.