Definition of in a state of nature in US English:

in a state of nature

phrase

  • 1In an uncivilized or uncultivated state.

    • ‘This is an amazing example of what John Locke argued in his Second Treatise about what man in a state of nature gives up when he joins a commonwealth and enters a society that agrees to give up some of their power to form a government.’
    • ‘Blacks Law Dictionary defines wild animals as ‘Animals in a untamable disposition; animals in a state of nature.’’
    • ‘King Lear too offers a perspective on man in a state of nature, clearing away the trappings of power and the symbolisms of majesty and sovereignty to place a monarch firmly on the heath.’
    • ‘All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another.’
    • ‘Natural rights were those rights people enjoyed in a state of nature, independent of any organized society: the right to life and liberty and the right to attempt to procure property.’
    • ‘In addition, lacking the power to impose justice on his neighbour, he lacks also the right to it; hence there is no wrongdoing in a state of nature.’
    • ‘I don't believe the Rousseau argument that if you leave everything in a state of nature, then everything will be peaceful and loving.’
    • ‘The question which now became pressing was whether the seas were regions in which men found themselves once again in a state of nature, which meant that no law could apply except that of the strongest.’
    • ‘Thomas Hobbes, in one of the best known and most abused phrases in the English language, described the life of man in a state of nature as ‘solitary, poore, nasty, brutish and short’.’
    • ‘The course of reasoning, by which this conclusion is attained, is very much this: That in a state of nature all men are free.’
    • ‘Civil liberty means the liberty of a citizen, not the abstract liberty of an individual in a state of nature.’
    • ‘Human beings living in a state of nature, and fearing death, must form a civil association by authorizing some superior power to rule them by law - an outcome Hobbes thought would most commonly come about through conquest.’
  • 2Totally naked.

    • ‘My theory is that my great grandparents were walking happily hand-in-hand in Cannaught Place, she clad in hot pants and he completely in a state of nature.’
    • ‘He led me to a room where dozens of men were in a state of nature and invited me to change into my judo costume.’
  • 3Christian Theology
    In a morally unregenerate condition, unredeemed by divine grace.