Definition of in the nature of in US English:

in the nature of

phrase

  • Similar in type to or having the characteristics of.

    ‘the promise was in the nature of a check that bounced’
    • ‘As it turned out, most of the addresses of people in this House were in the nature of ritual protestations.’
    • ‘It looked more like something in the nature of a U2 spy plane than a commercial jet.’
    • ‘So this is actually in the nature of an apology for the extreme scarcity of posts this week.’
    • ‘Rather the lie was more in the nature of a fantasy about getting out of a life which is undesirable.’
    • ‘The other options under the tax saving bond are in the nature of deep discount bonds.’
    • ‘In general, these rights are in the nature of freedoms rather than positive rights to social or economic benefits.’
    • ‘It is in the nature of an administrative process and not a judicial process.’
    • ‘But the fact is that these are in the nature of exceptions rather than the rule.’
    • ‘As presented, while these are called diaries, they are often more in the nature of a commonplace book.’
    • ‘When dilemmas come they're in the nature of how to merge your book collection with your spouse's.’
    • ‘The request by the defendants is not in the nature of a further or additional psychiatric assessment.’
    • ‘For the reasons I have already given, I cannot see that any right in the nature of a class right is involved in the present case.’
    • ‘The gesture set the tone for his speech, which was in the nature of conciliatory advice to the new president.’
    • ‘First, I do not consider that the empty cinema could properly be described as an unusual danger in the nature of a fire hazard.’
    like, much the same as, comparable to, close to, near, near to, in the nature of
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