Naturalism to Navel
(Nat"u*ral*ism) n. [Cf. F. naturalisme.]
1. A state of nature; conformity to nature.
2. (Metaph.) The doctrine of those who deny a supernatural agency in the miracles and revelations
recorded in the Bible, and in spiritual influences; also, any system of philosophy which refers the phenomena
of nature to a blind force or forces acting necessarily or according to fixed laws, excluding origination or
direction by one intelligent will.
(Nat"u*ral*ist), n. [Cf. F. naturaliste.]
1. One versed in natural science; a student of natural history, esp. of the natural history of animals.
2. One who holds or maintains the doctrine of naturalism in religion. H. Bushnell.
1. Belonging to the doctrines of naturalism.
2. Closely resembling nature; realistic. "Naturalistic bit of pantomime." W. D. Howells.
(Nat`u*ral"i*ty) n. [L. naturalitas: cf. F. naturalité.] Nature; naturalness. [R.]
(Nat`u*ral*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. naturalisation.] The act or process of naturalizing, esp.
of investing an alien with the rights and privileges of a native or citizen; also, the state of being naturalized.
(Nat"u*ral*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Naturalized (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Naturalizing ] [Cf. F.
naturaliser. See Natural.]
1. To make natural; as, custom naturalizes labor or study.
2. To confer the rights and privileges of a native subject or citizen on; to make as if native; to adopt, as a
foreigner into a nation or state, and place in the condition of a native subject.
3. To receive or adopt as native, natural, or vernacular; to make one's own; as, to naturalize foreign
4. To adapt; to accustom; to habituate; to acclimate; to cause to grow as under natural conditions.
Its wearer suggested that pears and peaches might yet be naturalized in the New England climate.Hawthorne.
(Nat"u*ral*ize), v. i.
1. To become as if native.
2. To explain phenomena by natural agencies or laws, to the exclusion of the supernatural.
Infected by this naturalizing tendency.H. Bushnell.
(Nat"u*ral*ly), adv. In a natural manner or way; according to the usual course of things; spontaneously.
(Nat"u*ral*ness), n. The state or quality of being natural; conformity to nature.
(Na"ture) n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See Nation.]