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nativism

[ney-ti-viz-uh m] /ˈneɪ tɪˌvɪz əm/
noun
1.
the policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants.
2.
the policy or practice of preserving or reviving an indigenous culture.
3.
Philosophy. the doctrine that innate ideas exist.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; native + -ism
Related forms
nativist, noun, adjective
nativistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nativism

nativism

/ˈneɪtɪˌvɪzəm/
noun
1.
(mainly US) the policy of favouring the natives of a country over the immigrants
2.
(anthropol) the policy of protecting and reaffirming native tribal cultures in reaction to acculturation
3.
the doctrine that the mind and its capacities are innately structured and that much knowledge is innate
Derived Forms
nativist, noun, adjective
nativistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for nativism
n.

U.S. anti-immigrant movement, 1845, from native (adj.) + -ism. Later used in other contexts. Related: Nativist.

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