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nativism Tweet Definition of nativism Like Definition of nativism on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, mostly, US) a policy of favoring native-born inhabitants over immigrants
  2. the policy of perpetuating the culture of the natives of a colonised country
  3. (philosophy) the doctrine that some skills or abilities are innate and not learned
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noun
  1. The essential characteristics
Albert Camus' book Le Mythe de Sisyphe is of philosophical nature.
  1. A wild primitive state of being
  2. The summary of everything that has to do with biological and geographical states and events on earth
  3. The environment, the outdoors
necessity Tweet Definition of necessity Like Definition of necessity on Facebook
noun (necessities)
  1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.
  2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
  3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; -- often in the plural.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. - q:Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
  1. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
  2. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
negative Tweet Definition of negative Like Definition of negative on Facebook
noun
  1. (photography) an image in which dark areas represent light ones, and the converse
  2. (grammar) a word that indicates negation
  3. (mathematics) a negative quantity
  4. (weightlifting): A rep performed with weight in which the muscle begins at maximum contraction and is slowly extended; a movement performed using only the eccentric phase of muscle movement.
adjective
  1. not positive or neutral
  2. inherently damaging; undesirable
  3. electrical charge of an electron and related particles
neoplatonism Tweet Definition of neoplatonism Like Definition of neoplatonism on Facebook
nounNeoplatonism
  1. a school of philosophy based on the teachings of Plato and, subsequently, Plotinus; it was the foundation for paganism
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noesis Tweet Definition of noesis Like Definition of noesis on Facebook
noun
  1. The consciousness side to duality of noesis and noema.
  2. --> noema
non sequitur Tweet Definition of non sequitur Like Definition of non sequitur on Facebook
noun
  1. (logic) An invalid argument; one in which the conclusion cannot be logically deduced from the premises.
The argument "All ravens are black; this object is black; therefore, this object is a raven" is a .
  1. Any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence.
Having a costumed superhero abduct the vicar was an utter in the novel.
  1. (context, humor) A kind of pun that uses a change of word, subject, or meaning to make a joke of the listener's expectation:
"Take my wife - please." -- Henny Youngman
"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised." -- Dorothy Parker
"A fool and his money are soon partying." -- Steven Wright
noumenon Tweet Definition of noumenon Like Definition of noumenon on Facebook
noun (noumena)
  1. (philosophy) In the philosophy of w:Immanuel_Kant, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and those whom he influenced, a thing as it is independently of any conceptualization or perception by the human mind; a thing-in-itself, postulated by practical reason but existing in a condition which is in principle unknowable and unexperienceable.
nous Tweet Definition of nous Like Definition of nous on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Nous)
(
uncountable)
  1. (philosophy) The mind or intellect.
  2. Common sense; practical intelligence.

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