Definitions for nativeness
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being:
one's native land.
belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent:
belonging to or originating in a certain place; indigenous:
Category: Physical Anthropology
born in a particular place:
a native Chicagoan.
Category: Common Vocabulary
of or pertaining to something first acquired by a person:
one's native language.
Category: Peoples, Language/Linguistics
remaining or growing in a natural state:
the desert's native beauty.
originating naturally in a particular country or region, as animals or plants.
(of metals) occurring in nature pure or uncombined.
Computers. designed for use with a specific type of computer: internal to a specific application program:
writing native applications for 32-bit PCs.
to view the file in its native format.
Archaic. closely related, as by birth.
(n.)Sometimes Offensive.one of the people indigenous to a place, esp. as distinguished from foreigners, colonizers, etc.:
the natives of Chile.
a person born in a particular place or country:
a native of Ohio.
an animal, plant, etc., that is indigenous to a particular region.
Idioms for native:
go native, to imitate the behavior of a surrounding culture, esp. behavior that seems simple or natural.
* Usage: Definition 19 is sometimes taken to be offensive because of colonialist and racial overtones. However, definition 20 is a neutral usage.
Origin of native:
1325–75; < MF < L nātīvus inborn, natural, from nāt(us) (ptp. of nāscī to be born)
the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin
The state or condition of being native.
the quality or state of being native