from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sociopolitical policy, especially in the United States in the 19th century, favoring the interests of established inhabitants over those of immigrants.
- n. The reestablishment or perpetuation of native cultural traits, especially in opposition to acculturation.
- n. Philosophy The doctrine that the mind produces ideas that are not derived from external sources.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a policy of favoring native-born inhabitants over immigrants
- n. the policy of perpetuating the culture of the natives of a colonised country
- n. the doctrine that some skills or abilities are innate and not learned
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The disposition to favor the native inhabitants of a country, in preference to immigrants from foreign countries.
- n. The doctrine of innate ideas, or that the mind possesses forms of thought independent of sensation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In philosophy, the doctrine of innate ideas; the view that sensation is not the sole source of knowledge, but that the mind possesses ideas or at least forms of thought and perception that are innate. See innate.
- n. In United States politics, the program of the Native American party (which see, under American).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that some ideas are innate
- n. the policy of perpetuating native cultures (in opposition to acculturation)
native + -ism (Wiktionary)