- 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.
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.
- 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
- In the state campaign of 1859 he made a speech attacking the Fugitive Slave Law and arguing for state's rights and thus injured his political standing in Wisconsin; and in April he delivered in Faneuil Hall, Boston, an oration on "True Americanism," which coming from an alien was intended to clear the Republican party of the charge of "nativism."