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- the physical force regarded as causing and regulating the phenomena of the world:it is impossible to change the laws of natureSee also Mother Nature.
- [mass noun] inborn or hereditary characteristics as an influence on or determinant of personality. Often contrasted with nurture.
Middle English (denoting the physical power of a person): from Old French, from Latin natura 'birth, nature, quality', from nat- 'born', from the verb nasci