Nature as a created entity or system; the natural phenomena and forces in which creation is manifested. Compare natura naturans , and "naturate".
In later use usually with reference to the philosophy of Spinoza.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Denham (d. 1669), poet and courtier. From post-classical Latin natura naturata from classical Latin nātūra + post-classical Latin naturata, past participle of naturare.