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Definition of "nature" []

  • The material world and its phenomena. (noun)
  • The forces and processes that produce and control all the phenomena of the material world: the laws of nature. (noun)
  • The world of living things and the outdoors: the beauties of nature. (noun)
  • A primitive state of existence, untouched and uninfluenced by civilization or artificiality: couldn't tolerate city life anymore and went back to nature. (noun)
  • Theology Humankind's natural state as distinguished from the state of grace. (noun)
  • The fundamental qualities of a person or thing; identity or essential character (noun)

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.

  • The whole system of the existence, arrangement, forces, and events of all physical life that are not controlled by man (noun)
  • All natural phenomena and plant and animal life, as distinct from man and his creations (noun)
  • A wild primitive state untouched by man or civilization (noun)
  • Natural unspoilt scenery or countryside (noun)
  • Disposition or temperament (noun)
  • Tendencies, desires, or instincts governing behaviour (noun)
  • The normal biological needs or urges of the body (noun)
  • Sort; kind; character (noun)
  • The real appearance of a person or thing (noun)
  • Accepted standards of basic morality or behaviour (noun)
  • The complement of genetic material that partly determines the structure of an organism; genotype (noun)
  • Sympathy and fondness for one's own people or native place (noun)

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Use "nature" in a sentence
  • "In order to fend off any reminiscences of pagan polytheism, Philoponus points out that unlike the individually differentiated gods of the pagans the three divinities of the Trinity are all of the same, single divine nature in the universal sense of ˜nature™."
  • "And since, even when idealized, nature still remains ˜nature™, it follows according to Jacobi that in practice Fichte's idealism is but a form of materialism."
  • "{193} "Corresponding to our progressive perception of nature and our immovable conviction of the truth of the evolution theory, our religion can be only a _religion of nature_.""