Definition of nativist in English:

nativist

Pronunciation /ˈnādəvəst/ /ˈneɪdəvəst/

adjective

  • 1US Relating to or supporting the policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants.

    • ‘he has made his nativist beliefs known through his divisive comments about immigrants’
  • 2Philosophy
    Relating to or supporting the theory that concepts, mental capacities, and mental structures are innate rather than acquired by learning.

    • ‘individual philosophers typically adopted either a nativist or empiricist position’

noun

  • 1US An advocate or supporter of nativist policies.

    • ‘they have had to fend off suspicion and occasional hostility from nativists who see them as an unwelcome import’
  • 2Philosophy
    A person who advocates the theory that concepts, mental capacities, and mental structures are innate rather than acquired by learning.

    • ‘extreme views were put forward by nativists on the one hand and by empiricists on the other’