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congenital (adj) existing by birth; (of a person's quality) unlikely to change, being a part of their nature.

Any aspect of a person's health or character existing by birth is congenital. A congenital defect is the defect of the body or of the mind a person has since their birth. A deformity a person has since their birth is a congenital deformity. A person born with a cleft lip has this congenital defect. A person born blind has congenital blindness. If a trait of yours has formed a part of your character since your birth, so that it is unlikely to change, it is congenital. Congenital dullness is inborn dullness, forming a part of a person's character, so it may not change.

  • The young parents were shocked to know from their doctor that their baby had congenital deafness, and as it was born deaf, it would be dumb also.
  • Bingham always wavers, and is incapable of taking decisions. People have an impression that this congenital defect of his, as it is acquired by birth, is not likely to change.
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