state of nature


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Noun1.state of nature - a wild primitive state untouched by civilization; "he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
crudeness, crudity, primitiveness, primitivism, rudeness - a wild or unrefined state
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In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature, where the weaker individual is not secured against the violence of the stronger; and as, in the latter state, even the stronger individuals are prompted, by the uncertainty of their condition, to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves; so, in the former state, will the more powerful factions or parties be gradnally induced, by a like motive, to wish for a government which will protect all parties, the weaker as well as the more powerful.
Its inhabitants have become somewhat corrupted, owing to their recent commerce with Europeans, but so far as regards their peculiar customs and general mode of life, they retain their original primitive character, remaining very nearly in the same state of nature in which they were first beheld by white men.
The heart of a chicken has a just proportion to its other organs, and the domestic fowl is, in a state of nature, a gallant bird.
At this point Elizabeth understood the hunter she was to meet him; and thither she urged her way, as expeditiously as the difficulty of the ascent, and the impediment of a forest, in a state of nature, would admit.
He was too far from the state of society, and too near the state of nature to know what shame was.
I, that was reduced to a mere state of nature, found this to my daily discouragement; and was made more sensible of it every hour, even after I had got the first handful of seed-corn, which, as I have said, came up unexpectedly, and indeed to a surprise.
state of nature suckle their young, but when civilized and enlightened
It is an elegant animal in a state of nature, with a long slender neck and fine legs.
The mistake in Hobbes' hypothetical state of nature is of course the assumption that all men and women only have evil tendencies in their hearts.
If they were successful in what they were doing we would not need a State of Nature Report.
Dr Sarah Wood, biodiversity and fisheries manager with Welsh Government-sponsored body Natural Resources Wales, said: "We welcome the report as a picture of the state of nature in Wales where, despite decades of good work to protect our fantastic environment, so many of our plants and animals continue to decline.
The State of Nature 2016 UK report will be launched by Sir David Attenborough and UK conservation and research organisations at the Royal Society in London on Wednesday.