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Definition of hard-wired adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(technology) (of computer functions) built into the permanent system and not provided by software
  2. 2(of a skill, quality, or type of behavior) present when you are born and not changing during your life Many aspects of morality appear to be hard-wired in the brain. Anxiety is a hard-wired response that everyone experiences. There is evidence that we are hard-wired to be musical.