Innato and Born

The difference between innate and born is the way it is used as nato means “birth” and innate means “born in” or “born to”.

Both the word born or nata and the word innate or innate derive from Latin but do not share the same origin. Nato comes from the Latin natus which corresponds to “born” instead innate comes from the verb innasci which refers to someone “born in”.

Nato generally refers to positions or titles of honor granted by merit or the natural or birth predisposition to do a certain thing. The word nato can be used, for example, in the following contexts:

  • Born boss,
  • Born leader,
  • Born talent,
  • Born talker,
  • Unborn child or unborn baby, etc.

Innate on the other hand is used to indicate that a person was born with a certain attitude or quality . Some examples of the use of the word innate are:

  • Innate talent,
  • Don innate,
  • Innate fear of heights,
  • Innate potential,
  • Inborn errors of the organism, etc.

We can consider born and innate as synonyms despite being used in different contexts. One way to differentiate them is:

  • use nato to define hierarchies or birth as a phenomenon and
  • use innate for inherited abilities and characteristics.

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