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Definition a physiological attribute present at birth; or an ingrained trait
  • It was a congenital heart defect.
  • No truant officers could keep their numerous offspring in school; no public health officer could free them from congenital defects, various worms, and the diseases indigenous to filthy surroundings.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • congenital = present at birth or always present
  • "Congenital, or transfer effect?" asked Kubera.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Maybe it's a character flaw, but for me it is a congenital one.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • This would suggest that a parent who does so is either unenlightened or—more interestingly—congenitally honest.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • And one would have to show how both these influences told upon a nature that was congenitally unaware of music, of art, and puritannically brought up.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Was there anything congenital or hereditary?
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He had been trained at the police academy, but just before he was due to take his final exams he learned that he had a congenital heart defect.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • She had a congenital heart defect.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • And her diminutive stature, at four and a half feet tall, is accentuated by a congenital cleft foot that causes her to limp.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Florentino Ariza had stripped her of the virginity of a conventional marriage, more pernicious than congenital virginity or the abstinence of widowhood.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Other than congenital syphilis where the mother infected the unborn child, he believed that all syphilis was sexually acquired.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And I-I'm playing with cobblestones and shingling a roof, while a transcontinental railroad system is collapsing in the hands of congenital ward heelers.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A good cause might turn the scale with me, for may not I too be of an exceptional brain, congenitally?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He had congenital high blood pressure and mild asthma, which developed after he'd recovered from a possible case of tuberculosis.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It was congenital, he apologized, eyes wryly aglint behind his gold-rim specs.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Observers have described Charlestonians as vainglorious, obstinate, mercurial, verbose, xenophobic, and congenitally gracious.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It was true what I'd heard, that his heart was congenitally diseased, and he was now in urgent need of a transplant.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • 'Congenital fissure,' he said.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He suffers from a disease called congenital analgesia, which means the transmitter substance in his nerve synapses doesn't function.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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