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"An acquired taste is an appreciation for food or drink unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it. It is the opposite of innate taste, which is the appreciation for things that are enjoyable by most persons without prior exposure to them."--Sholem Stein

"There has to be in the subject a ground which makes it possible for our representations to originate the way they do and not in a different way in which they refer to objects which are not yet given. That ground is innate."--"Ueber eine Entdeckung" (1790) by Immanuel Kant

"Let [youth] know that man is by nature good, let him feel it, let him judge his neighbour by himself; but let him see how men are depraved and perverted by society."--Emile, or On Education (1762) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Innate is a term which refers to behavior which is inborn, native and natural; meaning originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience. Behaviors can be either innate or learned.

Nature versus nurture is a popular phrase used to describe debates over the relative degrees to which one's genetic makeup (nature) and one's life experiences (nurture) influence one's traits or attributes.


From Latin innāscor (“be born in, grow up in”), from in (“in, at on”) + nāscor (“be born”); see natal, native.

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