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1the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations:the breathtaking beauty of nature the physical force regarded as causing and regulating these phenomena:it is impossible to change the laws of natureSee also Mother Nature. 2 [in singular] the basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it:helping them to realize the nature of their problems there are a lot of other documents of that nature the innate or essential qualities or character of a person or animal:it’s not in her nature to listen to advice I’m not violent by natureSee also human nature. inborn or hereditary characteristics as an influence on or determinant of personality. Often contrasted with nurture. [with adjective] archaic a person of a specified character:Emerson was so much more luminous a nature
1inevitable:it is in the nature of things that the majority of music prizes get set up for performers rather than composers 2inevitably:in the nature of things, old people spend much more time indoors
1in an uncivilized or uncultivated state. 3 Christian Theology in a morally unregenerate condition, unredeemed by divine grace.