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Below you will find the definition of nativism, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that some ideas are innate

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EXAMPLES - Nativism in a Sentence

  1. Also, the notion of nativism implicit in everything you say. (source)
  2. In scholarly studies "nativism" is a standard technical term. (source)
  3. In fact, this kind of nativism has all too often victimized Jews. (source)
  4. If you want to call that "nativism" then, hey -- guilty as charged. (source)
  5. I would add "nativism" to the buzz words the author claims are newly popular. (source)
  6. These people fear the 'Muslim threat' that borders on xenophobia and nativism. (source)
  7. Caters to that ugly element of racism -- "nativism/racism is in the bloodstream" (source)
  8. His is the face of nativism, of rabid ignorance, of racial and ethnic resentment. (source)
  9. One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism. (source)
  10. He would not have understood the word nativism, hell I never heard of it until today. (source)
  11. Notably, we are ahead of Europe in confronting the endless menace of racism and nativism. (source)
  12. We are the clowns of the world with our xenophobia and nativism on display for all to see. (source)
  13. These are "So far, so good" plans that ignore America's real problems and instead appeal to nativism. (source)
  14. And my point is that we've been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism. (source)
  15. This official indifference played well with the strongly anti-Catholic sentiments of American "nativism". (source)
  16. Saying that the natives have a perfect right to remain in their own country or to return is not "nativism". (source)
  17. While that plays well to GOP activists, it fuels the fire of nativism that burns so hot inside the GOP today. (source)
  18. There's also been a noticeable shift in the GOP away from the unabashed "nativism" that doomed reform in 2007. (source)
  19. Tradition-oreinted (but being smart enough to avoid the continuation of what is rather dimly euphemized as "nativism". (source)
  20. When are the effects of racism and "nativism" going to be dealt with in a way that will unite rather than further divide our society? (source)
  21. In contrast, the U.S., despite occasional fits of nativism, remains remarkably successful at integrating cultures from around the globe. (source)
  22. If a new case did ever reach the Supreme Court I would hope that today's justices would reject the tide of nativism, as they did in 1898. (source)
  23. On Sunday at high noon, the dry nativism of Arizona collides with steamy weather and steamed immigrant rights activists at DC's Nationals Park. (source)
  24. Over at that great source known as Wikipedia, where I went to discover whether "nativism" has any meaning besides something liberals hate, it says: (source)
  25. I appreciate that there are arguments for militarized border security and large-scale deportation that don't depend on "nativism" a charitable word. (source)
  26. In a state where the Republican Party has become consumed by nativism, McCain is in a close primary battle against anti-immigrant fire-breather J.D. Hayworth. (source)
  27. In the past, as now, nativism, bigotry and fear of competition from foreign workers dulled the collective American memory of its own immigrant history and democratic ideals. (source)
  28. Add to McVeigh's, or Stack's, economic anxiety a dash of nativism, government bashing, and (well-placed) resentment over Wall Street or bailouts, and you have a recipe for even more violence. (source)
  29. After years of being a lonely voice of Republican sanity on immigration, Graham has decided to embrace the supreme symbol of nativism -- changing the Fourteenth Amendment to restrict American citizenship. (source)
  30. Trade unionists 'explanations for the strikes have varied from claims -- rejected by the company, IREM SpA -- that the imported workers were being paid below-market wages to undercut Britons, to sheer nativism. (source)
  31. This reproach was already clearly formulated in Stumpf's Raumbuch in which he studies the nativism-empiricism controversy on space perception, developed some years earlier by Helmholtz in the third book of his Handbuch. (source)
  32. So long as the cultural categories remain unchanged, non-American Others, rather than being perceived as human beings and as equals, will continue to represent defilement, evoking fear and hatred, lovingly stoked by the high priests of American nativism. (source)
  33. Olson points out that "the support for nativism in Arizona is largely motivated by whites who fear a loss of racial status due to the influx of Latinos to the state and who are uncomfortable with Spanish-language signs in stores, TV and radio stations, etc." (source)
  34. Another was the baneful influence of "nativism," which had just broken out in the great cities, and been made the occasion of such frightful riot and bloodshed in Philadelphia as to alarm our foreign-born citizens, and throw them almost unanimously against the Whigs. (source)
  35. However, warns Brzezinski, this increasing internationalization of elites "could create a dangerous gap between them and the politically activated masses, whose 'nativism' - exploited by more nationalist political leaders - could work against the 'cosmopolitan' elites." [ (source)
  36. If the Congress or the Senate changes hands into a Republican Majority, as many predict it will, it will not be because the Republicans have anything to offer except a negative, a strong, bracing dose of nativism, and a mean spirited stinginess disguised as fiscal conservatism. (source)
  37. I think that one of the Republican candidates (particularly Fred) could make quite a case for running against that sort of elitist disregard for the wishes of the people without allowing it to be couched as jingoistic "nativism" (a ridiculous term to use in this country on this topic). (source)
  38. I think it's a stretch to identify hostility to bilingualism as "nativism" - it's rooted in sound public policy concerns, and in any event, if you'll forgive a detour into the personal, I'm opposed to bilingualism, and it would be awkward for you to be stuck in the position of suggesting an immigrant is a nativist. (source)
  39. Skilled in the military art of shooting off their mouths, these are dime-brained demagogues ready to inflame ethnic and national antagonisms and defend the Alamo all over again, even if it means expelling millions of immigrants already here and then constructing a Krauthammer Wall of non-Frank Gehry design* that will endure as a testament to the marriage of nativism and neoconservatism. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "nativism" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 3 synonyms for nativism.

atavism, natives, naturism


We have 0 antonyms for nativism.


Pronunciation: (nāˈtĭ-vĭzˌəm)

Syllabification: na-tiv-ism


View up to 25 definitions of nativism from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A sociopolitical policy, especially in the United States in the 19th century, favoring the interests of established inhabitants over those of immigrants.
  2. (noun) The reestablishment or perpetuation of native cultural traits, especially in opposition to acculturation.
  3. (noun) Philosophy The doctrine that the mind produces ideas that are not derived from external sources.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) a policy of favoring native-born inhabitants over immigrants
  2. (noun) the policy of perpetuating the culture of the natives of a colonised country
  3. (noun) the doctrine that some skills or abilities are innate and not learned

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) The disposition to favor the native inhabitants of a country, in preference to immigrants from foreign countries.
  2. (noun) The doctrine of innate ideas, or that the mind possesses forms of thought independent of sensation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) In philosophy, the doctrine of innate ideas; the view that sensation is not the sole source of knowledge, but that the mind possesses ideas or at least forms of thought and perception that are innate. See innate.
  2. (noun) In United States politics, the program of the Native American party (which see, under American).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) (philosophy) the philosophical theory that some ideas are innate
  2. (noun) the policy of perpetuating native cultures (in opposition to acculturation)