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Native Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    native adj
  1. being such by origin; "the native North American sugar maple"; "many native artists studied abroad" [ant: foreign]
  2. belonging to one by birth; "my native land"; "one's native language" [ant: adopted]
  3. being or composed of people inhabiting a region from the beginning; "native Americans"; "the aboriginal peoples of Australia" [syn: aboriginal] [ant: nonnative]
  4. as found in nature in the elemental form; "native copper"
  5. normally existing at birth; "mankind's connatural sense of the good" [syn: connatural, inborn, inbred] n : a person who was born in a particular place; an indigenous person [syn: indigen, indigene]
Native Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Native \Na"tive\, a. [F. natif, L. nativus, fr. nasci, p. p. natus. See Nation, and cf. Na["i]ve, Nelf a serf.]
  1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born. [Obs.] Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native, rising and vanishing again in long periods of times. --Cudworth.
  2. Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the place or the circumstances in which one is born; -- opposed to foreign; as, native land, language, color, etc.
  3. Born in the region in which one lives; as, a native inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native oysters, or strawberries.
Native Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Native \Na"tive\, n.
  1. One who, or that which, is born in a place or country referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or vegetable, produced in a certain region; as, a native of France.
  2. (Stock Breeding) Any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds. [U.S.]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Native'

The term "native" can have many different social and political connotations in different contexts. In some cases it is a neutral, descriptive term, for example, when stating that one is a native of a particular city or that a certain language is one's native language. However, in the context of colonialism—in particular, British colonialism—the term "natives", as applied to the inhabitants of colonies, assumed a disparaging and patronising sense, implying that the people concerned were incapable of taking care of themselves and in need of Europeans to administer their lives;. And in the context of Nativism, in some periods a potent political force, "natives" are defined as a (predominantly white) group deserving of a special privileged position in comparison to immigrants.

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* There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. - Mark Twain

* Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof. - Thomas Fuller

* The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent. - Smiley Blanton

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