Definitions for nativeness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•tive*ˈneɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being:

    one's native land.

  2. belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent:

    native ability.

  3. belonging to or originating in a certain place; indigenous:

    native dress.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

  4. born in a particular place:

    a native Chicagoan.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. of or pertaining to something first acquired by a person:

    one's native language.

    Category: Peoples, Language/Linguistics

  6. remaining or growing in a natural state:

    the desert's native beauty.

  7. originating naturally in a particular country or region, as animals or plants.

  8. (of metals) occurring in nature pure or uncombined.

  9. 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.

    Category: Computers

  10. Archaic. closely related, as by birth.

  11. (n.)Sometimes of the people indigenous to a place, esp. as distinguished from foreigners, colonizers, etc.:

    the natives of Chile.


  12. a person born in a particular place or country:

    a native of Ohio.

  13. an animal, plant, etc., that is indigenous to a particular region.

    Category: Biology

Idioms for native:

  1. go native, to imitate the behavior of a surrounding culture, esp. behavior that seems simple or natural.

    Category: Idiom

* 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)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. nativeness(noun)

    the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin


  1. nativeness(Noun)

    The state or condition of being native.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nativeness(noun)

    the quality or state of being native


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