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Definition of congenital adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  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)
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adverb He is congenitally incapable of telling the truth.
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