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Definition of "indigenous" []

  • Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment. See Synonyms at native. (adjective)
  • Intrinsic; innate. (adjective)
  • Originating or occurring naturally (in a country, region, etc); native (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Innate (to); inherent (in) (adjective)

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Use "indigenous" in a sentence
  • "��Bob Smith�� puts the words ��indigenous�� in inverted commas, but the British Establishment supports the rights of plenty of other indigenous people without the need to use inverted commas."
  • "I use the term indigenous with care, as "indigenous" includes Muslims going back many generations."
  • "That's why U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon, in talking with journalists late last week, used the term "indigenous" four times to describe dissidents in Libya and elsewhere in the region."