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 Offensive.one of the people indigenous to a place, esp. as distinguished from foreigners, colonizers, etc.:

    the natives of Chile.

    Category:

  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)

na′tive•ness(n.)

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

Wiktionary

  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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