[ ney-ti-viz-uh m ]
/ ˈneɪ tɪˌvɪz əm /


the policy of protecting the interests of native inhabitants against those of immigrants.
the policy or practice of preserving or reviving an indigenous culture.
Philosophy. the doctrine that innate ideas exist.

Origin of nativism

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; native + -ism


na·tiv·ist, noun, adjectivena·tiv·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nativistic

  • The one view results in the nativistic, the other in the empiristic theory.

    Visual Illusions|Matthew Luckiesh

British Dictionary definitions for nativistic

/ (ˈneɪtɪˌvɪzəm) /


mainly US the policy of favouring the natives of a country over the immigrants
anthropol the policy of protecting and reaffirming native tribal cultures in reaction to acculturation
the doctrine that the mind and its capacities are innately structured and that much knowledge is innate

Derived forms of nativism

nativist, noun, adjectivenativistic, adjective
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