[ ney-ti-vist ]
/ ˈneɪ tɪˌvɪst /
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a person who urges the promotion of the interests of inhabitants born in a country over those of immigrants: Nativists advocate a hard line against immigrants, but loud and aggressive efforts have proven to be an electoral bust.
a person who advocates or engages in the preservation or revival of an Indigenous culture: Some nativists began urging fellow Mi’kmaq to pray to Gluskap, their traditional culture hero, instead of to the “foreign” Christ.
Philosophy. a person who argues for the existence of ideas that are not learned but are part of the original constitution of the mind: Nativists emphasize genetics, biology, and innate mechanisms, while empiricists insist that babies are born into the world with no knowledge of it.
Psycholinguistics. a person who argues for the innateness hypothesis, that humans are born with a knowledge of certain universal elements of language structure that comes into play during first-language acquisition: The differences in language ability in subjects with Down syndrome may lie at the level of the brain’s microcircuitry, where nativists locate innate language knowledge.
of, being, or relating to nativists or their views:Many countries have seen the emergence of angry nativist movements aimed at combating further immigration.
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OTHER WORDS FROM nativistna·tiv·is·tic [ney-ti-vis-tik] /neɪ tɪˈvɪs tɪk/ adjective
Words nearby nativist
native oak, native son, native speaker, Native States, nativism, nativist, nativity, natl., NATO, natrium, natriuresis
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How to use nativist in a sentence
So nativists spread false rumors that Catholic immigrants were pushing local public schools to remove Bibles.Violence over schools is nothing new in America|Sherman Dorn|September 29, 2021|Washington Post
The level of nativism, or anti-immigration sentiment, has been roughly consistent in the population for a while now.How Much Danger Is American Democracy In?|Sarah Frostenson (email@example.com)|January 12, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Some stem from nativism, but others come from a desire for revenue.New Jersey’s unique political contours make challenging immigrant detention hard|Mary Rizzo, Whitney Strub|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
The issue of low-skilled immigration naturally provokes intense nativist sentiments.The Case for More Low-Skill Immigration|Veronique de Rugy|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even the Nativist gangs were led already by a couple of Irish Catholics.Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Live In: Kevin Baker’s New York|Allen Barra|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And the problem here goes beyond the tricky navigation of nativist-dominated presidential primaries.Memo to GOP: You Can’t Put Lipstick on an Elephant|Robert Shrum|March 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The attacks were personal, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes even verging on nativist (who knew Democrats hated Switzerland so much).Peter Beinart: The Democratic Convention’s Message Discipline|Peter Beinart|September 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And by nativist I mean people who are in essence afraid of the world.Racism? No, Obama’s Own Incompetence Is Hurting His Campaign|Michael Medved|July 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST