When people lived in a state of nature.
Trying to determine the nature of a newly discovered phenomenon.
The trees, forests, birds and animals are all an example of nature.
If someone is inherently evil, this is an example of a person who has an evil nature.
Confidences of a personal nature.
Things of that nature.
Campers getting back to nature.
A man of an irascible nature.
Oppressed nature sleeps.
It is only human nature to worry about the future.
Spent the day enjoying nature.
- Naturally; inherently.
- Completely naked.
- Not cultivated or tamed; wild.
- Having the essential character of; like.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of nature
- Middle English essential properties of a thing from Old French from Latin nātūra from nātus past participle of nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English natur, nature, from Old French nature, from Latin nÄtÅ«ra (“birth, origin, natural constitution or quality"), future participle from perfect passive participle (g)natus (“born"), from deponent verb (g)nasci (“to be born, originate") + future participle suffix -urus. Replaced native Middle English cunde, icunde (“nature, property, type, genus, character") (from Old English Ä¡ecynd), Middle English lund (“nature, disposition") (from Old Norse lund), Middle English burthe (“nature, birth, nation") (from Old English Ä¡ebyrd and Old Norse *byrÃ°r). More at kind.