Part of speech: adjective

Bred within; innate.

Part of speech: adjective

Bred from closely related parents.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "inbred":

  1. He had an inbred love of the difficult, the unconventional in life, of all that piqued and stimulated his own superabundant consciousness of resource and power. - "The Marriage of William Ashe", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  2. This ultimate fact of our nature, this natural inbred constitutional impatience, explains more than half of the wrong beliefs that we form and persist in. - "Logic, Inductive and Deductive", William Minto.
  3. For, in an age like this, when even the bayonet must be carried ordinarily in its sheath, and when men get to be accustomed from infancy to the inbred recognition of many of the most important principles of government, society starts, as it might be, far in advance of the point which it reached in the ages of pure military and arbitrary sway. - "New-York", Cooper, James Fenimore.