nature: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (nā'chur), [key]
- the material world, esp. as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities.
- the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization.
- the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.
- natural scenery.
- the universe, with all its phenomena.
- the sum total of the forces at work throughout the universe.
- reality, as distinguished from any effect of art: a portrait true to nature.
- the particular combination of qualities belonging to a person, animal, thing, or class by birth, origin, or constitution; native or inherent character: human nature.
- the instincts or inherent tendencies directing conduct: a man of good nature.
- character, kind, or sort: two books of the same nature.
- characteristic disposition; temperament: a self-willed nature; an evil nature.
- the original, natural, uncivilized condition of humankind.
- the biological functions or the urges to satisfy their requirements.
- a primitive, wild condition; an uncultivated state.
- a simple, uncluttered mode of life without the conveniences or distractions of civilization: a return to nature.
- (cap., italics) a prose work (1836), by Ralph Waldo Emerson, expounding transcendentalism.
- the moral state as unaffected by grace.
- as a result of inborn or inherent qualities; innately: She is by nature a kindhearted person.
- in an uncivilized or uncultured condition.
- without clothes; nude; naked.
- having the character or qualities of: in the nature of an apology.
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