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- n. an object occurring naturally; not made by man
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He argues from this, thereby supplying a philosophical basis for the unanimous belief of the nature-mystics, that every natural object is the symbol (because the creation) of an idea or spiritual verity in its widest sense.
To the Mercantilists as we call the group of pamphleteers and essayists who wrote on trade, it was evident that national power was the natural object of economic endeavor, and that the most important ingredient in national power was gold.