The definition of nativism is the favoring of people born in a particular place, over those who moved there.
An example of nativism is someone who will only date people who were born in the United States.
- the practice or policy of favoring native-born citizens as against immigrants
- the revival or preservation of a native culture
- the theory in philosophy, psychology, and linguistics that certain ideas or capacities are innate and form the basis for moral judgment, the acquiring of knowledge and language, etc.
- A sociopolitical policy, especially in the United States in the 1800s, favoring the interests of established inhabitants over those of immigrants.
- The reestablishment or perpetuation of native cultural traits, especially in opposition to acculturation.
- Philosophy The doctrine that the mind produces ideas that are not derived from external sources.
(countable and uncountable, plural nativisms)
native +"Ž -ism