Definition of in the nature of in English:

in the nature of

phrase

  • Having the characteristics of; similar to.

    ‘a week at home would be in the nature of a holiday’
    • ‘When dilemmas come they're in the nature of how to merge your book collection with your spouse's.’
    • ‘But the fact is that these are in the nature of exceptions rather than the rule.’
    • ‘It is in the nature of an administrative process and not a judicial process.’
    • ‘So this is actually in the nature of an apology for the extreme scarcity of posts this week.’
    • ‘It looked more like something in the nature of a U2 spy plane than a commercial jet.’
    • ‘As presented, while these are called diaries, they are often more in the nature of a commonplace book.’
    • ‘The other options under the tax saving bond are in the nature of deep discount bonds.’
    • ‘For the reasons I have already given, I cannot see that any right in the nature of a class right is involved in the present case.’
    • ‘First, I do not consider that the empty cinema could properly be described as an unusual danger in the nature of a fire hazard.’
    • ‘The gesture set the tone for his speech, which was in the nature of conciliatory advice to the new president.’
    • ‘Rather the lie was more in the nature of a fantasy about getting out of a life which is undesirable.’
    • ‘The request by the defendants is not in the nature of a further or additional psychiatric assessment.’
    • ‘As it turned out, most of the addresses of people in this House were in the nature of ritual protestations.’
    • ‘In general, these rights are in the nature of freedoms rather than positive rights to social or economic benefits.’
    like, much the same as, comparable to, close to, near, near to, in the nature of