Definition of Nativism

1. Noun. The policy of perpetuating native cultures (in opposition to acculturation).

Generic synonyms: Social Policy
Derivative terms: Nativistic

2. Noun. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that some ideas are innate.
Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Derivative terms: Nativist, Nativistic

Definition of Nativism

1. n. The disposition to favor the native inhabitants of a country, in preference to immigrants from foreign countries.

Definition of Nativism

1. Noun. (Chiefly American English) a policy of favoring native-born inhabitants over immigrants ¹

2. Noun. the policy of perpetuating the culture of the natives of a colonised country ¹

3. Noun. (philosophy) the doctrine that some skills or abilities are innate and not learned ¹

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Definition of Nativism

1. a policy of favoring the interests of native inhabitants [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nativism

native soil
native son
native sons
native speaker
native speakers
native species
native sulfur
native sulphur
native support
native wit
nativism (current term)
nativity play

Literary usage of Nativism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Great Debates in American History: From the Debates in the British by Marion Mills Miller, United States Congress, Great Britain Parliament (1913)
"... nativism [THE KNOW-NOTHING MOVEMENT] Rise of the "Know Nothing" Party—Debate in the House of Representatives on the Party and Its Principles: in Favor, ..."

2. A Second Visit to the United States of North America by Charles Lyell (1849)
"11000 Schools in New York for Secular Instruction.—Absence of Smoke.—Irish Voters.—nativism. Dec. 3. 1845.—HAVING resolved to devote the next ..."

3. A History of Psychology by Otto Klemm (1914)
"nativism 0 Although nativistic elements are to be found in many of the older ... The nativism of Johannes Miiller, which he applied only to his theory of ..."

4. The Origin and Progress of the American Party in Politics: Embracing a by John Hancock Lee (1855)
"... dependent upon the Irish suffrage—Conduct of tho Sheriff—His interview with the Police Magistrate of Kensington— Destruction of nativism desired—Secrets ..."

5. The Principles of the Critical Philosophy by Alois Riehl (1894)
"CHAPTER III. THE ORIGIN AND THE CONCEPT OF EXPERIENCE. § I. EMPIRICISM and nativism are two opposite theories as to the origin of experience ..."

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