Inmate vs Inate - What's the difference?

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As a noun inmate

is a person confined to an institution such as a prison (as a convict) or hospital (as a patient).

As an adjective inate is

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inmate

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A person confined to an institution such as a prison (as a convict) or hospital (as a patient)
  • A person who occupies or dwells within a dwelling-house. The word came to be used to refer to temporary inhabitants such as guests in a hotel, students in an on-campus dormitory, patients in a hospital, or prisoners.
  • Usage notes

    Perhaps around 1970, television journalists began to use the word as a euphemism for "prisoner", and today perhaps many young people cannot remember that it ever had any other meaning.

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    Adjective

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