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.

(Nat`u*ral*is"tic) a.

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 words.

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.

(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.]

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