Definition of nativism in English:



  • 1mainly US The policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants.

    ‘a deep vein of xenophobia and nativism’
    • ‘Nineteenth-century common-school advocates combined a desire for creating a liberal democratic citizenry with xenophobia, anti-Catholicism, and nativism.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, this era had the same conflicts (over cultural diversity and nativism, for example) as later periods, and established lasting policies toward immigrants and aliens.’
    • ‘There will be a spasm of nativism and anti-immigrant feelings that we have not seen in a long time.’
    • ‘But one can make a distinction between nativism, which is based on resentment, and patriotism, which is based on love.’
    • ‘Several of his works advocated nativism and eugenics.’
    • ‘As a result, supporters of the national ideal had to turn toward the seemingly secure foundations of biological and cultural notions of nativism: race and character.’
    • ‘Her nativism became apparent in Greece when she wrote how happy she was to leave ‘the half-civilized races behind and enter Europe.’’
    1. 1.1A return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in opposition to outside influences.
      • ‘Multiculturalism stands as the heir to nineteenth-century nativism not by any explicit hostility to Catholicism, but rather through its explicit, if sometimes obtuse, hostility to culture.’
  • 2Philosophy
    The theory that concepts, mental capacities, and mental structures are innate rather than acquired by learning.

    ‘But history leads me to agree with the author that nativism and racism are powerful populist impulses pretty much everywhere.’
    • ‘He initiates the central skirmish of this book by tracing a dividing line between Chomsky's nativism and the so-called New Synthesis Psychology.’



/ˈnādəˌviz(ə)m/ /ˈneɪdəˌvɪz(ə)m/