One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The theory that concepts, mental capacities, and mental structures are innate rather than acquired by learning.
- ‘He initiates the central skirmish of this book by tracing a dividing line between Chomsky's nativism and the so-called New Synthesis Psychology.’
- ‘But history leads me to agree with the author that nativism and racism are powerful populist impulses pretty much everywhere.’
2US The policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants.‘a deep vein of xenophobia and nativism’
- ‘As a result, supporters of the national ideal had to turn toward the seemingly secure foundations of biological and cultural notions of nativism: race and character.’
- ‘But one can make a distinction between nativism, which is based on resentment, and patriotism, which is based on love.’
- ‘There will be a spasm of nativism and anti-immigrant feelings that we have not seen in a long time.’
- ‘Several of his works advocated nativism and eugenics.’
- ‘Nonetheless, this era had the same conflicts (over cultural diversity and nativism, for example) as later periods, and established lasting policies toward immigrants and aliens.’
- ‘Her nativism became apparent in Greece when she wrote how happy she was to leave ‘the half-civilized races behind and enter Europe.’’
- ‘Nineteenth-century common-school advocates combined a desire for creating a liberal democratic citizenry with xenophobia, anti-Catholicism, and nativism.’
- ‘It will have its own peculiar national character, utilizing Christian fundamentalism as well as racism and nativism.’
3A return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in opposition to outside influences.
- ‘Multiculturalism stands as the heir to nineteenth-century nativism not by any explicit hostility to Catholicism, but rather through its explicit, if sometimes obtuse, hostility to culture.’
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