Part of speech: adjective

Born with one; existing from birth.

Part of speech: adverb


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Usage examples "congenital":

  1. It is in this way: side- bones occur only at a certain, usually well- defined, time after birth, and we might say are never congenital. - "Diseases of the Horse's Foot", Harry Caulton Reeks.
  2. A human individual has, we know, a number of congenital or innate characters, by which we mean characters which arise from the constitution of the individual at the time of birth, and not from influences acting on him or her after birth. - "Hormones and Heredity", J. T. Cunningham.
  3. " It is amazing," said a voice behind them, " that man can have descended to such a state of congenital idiocy as to do all this to an inoffensive carrot field." - "No Man's Land", H. C. McNeile.