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[ney-ti-viz-uh m] /ˈneɪ tɪˌvɪz əm/
the policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants.
the policy or practice of preserving or reviving an indigenous culture.
Philosophy. the doctrine that innate ideas exist.
Origin of nativism
1835-45, Americanism; native + -ism
Related forms
nativist, noun, adjective
nativistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The latter is important: it suggests that he is willing to take on the wrath of the nativist right of his party.
  • So even though almost no one in the military is a raving nativist loon, many of the raving nativist loons may be in the military.
  • The fact that nativist fears of today are similar to those of the past does not prove that these fears are unfounded.
  • The number of extremist nativist groups has been steadily rising.
  • All you complaining nativist people are the ones who are really lazy.
  • In its gregariousness, they found security against nativist hostility.
  • Many, however, include anti-German or nativist statements or images.
British Dictionary definitions for nativist


(mainly US) the policy of favouring the natives of a country over the immigrants
(anthropol) the policy of protecting and reaffirming native tribal cultures in reaction to acculturation
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 nativist



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

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