1 adj A congenital disease or medical condition is one that a person has had from birth, but is not inherited. (MEDICAL) usu ADJ n
When John was 17, he died of congenital heart disease.
congenitally adv ADV adj/-ed
...congenitally deaf patients.
2 adj A congenital characteristic or feature in a person is so strong that you cannot imagine it ever changing, although there may seem to be no reason for it.
usu ADJ n
He was a congenital liar and usually in debt.
I admit to being congenitally lazy.
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