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There can be no manner of doubt that bright colors are natively pleasant.

This sheepish innocuousness comes easily to the natively uninitiative, to those who are readily amenable to fear and prohibitions.

It was all of the Second Empire, qualified by an erratic, exaggerated touch that was natively American.

But he hastened to show that he had no illusions that men are natively pure, that only governments are wicked.

The human intelligence is natively prone to look towards new things.

This was no tricky old cow pony, but a natively vicious, powerful, and cunning young horse.

My mother's side of those long months of waiting was never fully delineated, for she was natively reticent and shy of expression.

War is thus seen to be a function of social institutions, not of what is natively fixed in human constitution.

How this thus falling short of a natively richly endowed soul became possible, can be told only from a study of his life.

Of course it is hard enough for those, most natively disposed that way, to strike fire.


late 14c., "natural, hereditary, connected with something in a natural way," from Old French natif "native, born in; raw, unspoiled" (14c.) and directly from Latin nativus "innate, produced by birth," from natus, past participle of nasci (Old Latin gnasci) "be born," related to gignere "beget," from PIE root *gene-/*gen- "to give birth, beget," with derivatives referring to familial and tribal groups (see genus). From late 15c. as "born in a particular place." From early 15c. as "of one's birth," also used from mid-15c. in sense of "bound; born in servitude or serfdom," also, as a noun "a bondsman, serf." Native American attested from 1956.



Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.