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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NATURE

"Flattery to ourselves does not change the nature of what is wrong," answered Philothea.

I refer, of course, to man's mastery over the latent forces of Nature.

Kate's nature was limited; part of her graceful equipoise was narrowness.

He was disposed to think more favourably of the nature of the country.

Absolute directness was a part of her nature; she could die, but not manouvre.

To this I was further prompted by the nature of my instructions.

But the evils regarding the hours of study and the nature of the studies were as bad.

And yet that being the end, nature will not be satisfied without it.

They do not change the nature of truth and her capability and destiny to benefit mankind.

The nature of these ties must vary with the different problems of different areas.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "restorative powers of the body, bodily processes; powers of growth;" from Old French nature "nature, being, principle of life; character, essence," from Latin natura "course of things; natural character, constitution, quality; the universe," literally "birth," from natus "born," past participle of nasci "to be born," from PIE *gene- "to give birth, beget" (see genus).

From late 14c. as "creation, the universe;" also "heredity, birth, hereditary circumstance; essential qualities, innate disposition" (e.g. human nature); "nature personified, Mother Nature." Specifically as "material world beyond human civilization or society" from 1660s. Nature and nurture have been contrasted since 1874.

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