Definition of congenital adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    congenital

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//kənˈdʒɛnət̮l//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1(of a disease or medical condition) existing since or before birth congenital abnormalities Half of all fetuses with the syndrome have a congenital heart defect.
  2. 2[only before noun] existing as part of a person's character and not likely to change a congenital inability to tell the truth
  3. 3[only before noun] (of a person) born with a particular illness (figurative) a congenital liar (= one who will not change)
congenitally
 
jump to other results
NAmE//kənˈdʒɛnət̮l̩i//
 
adverb He is congenitally incapable of telling the truth.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: congenital