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Definition of Innate

  INNATE   adjective
Natural, inherent -- as innate ideas, that is to say, ideas that we are born with, having had them previously imparted to us.  The doctrine of innate ideas is one of the most admirable faiths of philosophy, being itself an innate idea and therefore inaccessible to disproof, though Locke foolishly supposed himself to have given it 'a black eye.'  Among innate ideas may be mentioned the belief in one's ability to conduct a newspaper, in the greatness of one's country, in the superiority of one's civilization, in the importance of one's personal affairs and in the interesting nature of one's diseases.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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