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1. A sociopolitical policy, especially in the United States in the 1800s, favoring the interests of established inhabitants over those of immigrants.
2. The reestablishment or perpetuation of native cultural traits, especially in opposition to acculturation.
3. Philosophy The doctrine that the mind produces ideas that are not derived from external sources.

na′tiv·ist n.
na′tiv·is′tic adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nativist - a philosopher who subscribes to nativism
philosopher - a specialist in philosophy
Adj.1.nativist - advocating the perpetuation of native societies; "the old nativist prejudice against the foreign businessman"; "the nativistic faith preaches the old values"- C.K.Kluckhohn
2.nativist - of or relating to or advocating nativism; "nativist theories"; "the traditional controversy between the nativistic and empiristic theories"
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The president is using nativist language to trash a noble goal of America's immigration system: keeping families intact, which, as it happens, has also worked wonders for America's economy.
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Of the nativist politics that has lately surfaced, Clinton warned that "we are playing Russian roulette with our biggest ticket to the future.
Blaine who, as Speaker of the House, sought to exploit nativist, anti-Catholic sentiment by offering a constitutional amendment barring the government from funding religious schools.
The two successive victories of the globalist Rouhani over his nativist rivals in 2013 and now in 2017 are the signals of a globally grounded middle class dragging a theocracy into the democratic game.
Summary: Emmanuel Macron's victory over Marine Le Pen was much-needed good news for anyone who favors open, liberal democratic societies over their nativist, xenophobic counterparts.
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The evolution of "American exceptionalism" into an anti-Obama rallying cry with nativist overtones evoked earlier appeals to "states' rights" to rouse whites resenting the end of segregation.
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