Naturalist definition

năchər-ə-lĭst, năchrə-
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A person who studies nature, esp. by direct observation of animals and plants.
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A person who specializes in natural history, especially in the study of plants and animals in their natural surroundings.
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One versed in natural history, especially in zoology or botany.
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One who believes in and follows the tenets of naturalism.
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A person who believes in or practices naturalism in any form.
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The definition of a naturalist is a person who believes the world can be understood in terms of science, or is a person who studies natural sciences.

A scientist who studies ecosystems and the interactions between animals to help deepen the understanding of human connections and relationships is an example of a naturalist.

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(dated) A person committed to studying nature or natural history.
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(philosophy) A person who believes in or advocates the tenets of philosophical or methodological naturalism.
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Noun

Singular:
naturalist
Plural:
naturalists