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a. Being such by birth or origin: a native Scot.
b. Being a member of the original inhabitants of a particular place.
c. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of such inhabitants: native dress; the native diet of Polynesia.
d. Being one's own because of the place or circumstances of one's birth: our native land.
2. Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region; indigenous: a plant native to Asia.
3. Occurring in nature pure or uncombined with other substances: native copper.
4. Existing in or belonging to one by nature; innate: her native intelligence.
5. Natural, unaltered, or unadorned: native beauty.
6. Biochemistry Of or relating to the naturally occurring conformation of a macromolecule, such as a protein.
7. Archaic Closely related, as by birth or race.
a. One born in or connected with a place by birth: a native of Scotland now living in the United States.
b. One of the original inhabitants or lifelong residents of a place.
2. An animal or plant that originated in a particular place or region.

[Middle English, from Old French natif, from Latin nātīvus, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

na′tive·ly adv.
na′tive·ness n.
Synonyms: native, indigenous, autochthonous, aboriginal
These adjectives mean of, belonging to, or connected with a specific place or country by virtue of birth or origin. Native implies birth or origin in the specified place: a native New Yorker; the native North American sugar maple. Indigenous specifies that something or someone is native rather than coming or being brought in from elsewhere: an indigenous crop; the Ainu, a people indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan. Autochthonous applies to what is native and unchanged by outside sources: autochthonous folk melodies. Aboriginal describes what has existed from the beginning; it is often applied to the earliest known inhabitants of a place: the aboriginal population; aboriginal nature.
Usage Note: When used in reference to a member of an indigenous people, the noun native, like its synonym aborigine, can evoke unwelcome stereotypes of primitiveness or cultural backwardness that many people seek to avoid. As is often the case with words that categorize people, the use of the noun is more problematic than the use of the corresponding adjective. Thus a phrase such as the peoples native to northern Europe or the aboriginal inhabitants of the South Pacific is generally preferable to the natives of northern Europe or the aborigines of the South Pacific. · Despite its potentially negative connotations, native is enjoying increasing popularity in ethnonyms such as native Australian and Alaska Native, perhaps due to the wide acceptance of Native American as a term of ethnic pride and respect. These compounds have the further benefit of being equally acceptable when used alone as nouns (a native Australian) or in an adjectival construction (a member of a native Australian people). Of terms formed on this model, those referring to peoples indigenous to the United States generally capitalize native, as in Alaska Native (or the less common Native Alaskan) and Native Hawaiian, while others usually style it lowercase.
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Noun1.nativeness - the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
autochthony, endemism, indigenousness - nativeness by virtue of originating or occurring naturally (as in a particular place)
foreignness, curiousness, strangeness - the quality of being alien or not native; "the strangeness of a foreigner"
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QMEAN z-score was another tool used for quality assessment where it analyzed the degree of nativeness of the predicted 3D structure of protein.
There was little or no controversy over nativeness. Edwin Pister, 'Wilderness Fish Stocking: History and Perspective', Ecosystems 4 (4) (2001): 279-86.
Notwithstanding this, some go further and argue that 'indigenous range' is neither rigorously defined, nor are there commonly accepted definitions for it (see for example Jorgensen, 2011 for 'historic range'; Aitken, 2004 for the related term 'nativeness').
It was about rules, they said, not about his nativeness. 26 is a bad number for natives.
While the difference between First Nations people and the Metis is recognized, it does not seem to be significant as a discriminatory category of belonging, and seems to rest--though not always comfortably, as the quotation above suggests--within the broader category of "Nativeness" or aboriginality.
Gurr's work, in contrast, echoes the key contributions of Native American scholar Kimberly Robertson, who demonstrates that the provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act reinscribe purist notions of indigeneity that often place urban-based Native people outside the boundaries of Nativeness.
This category ties nativeness to the absence of human assistance or influence in a species' migration to an area.
How humans classify species' nativeness or value the novelty of new ecosystems may not matter if the train is indeed leaving the station--as Hellmann and Pearce believe--stranding those hung up on "wilderness."
Following a hundred years of cinematic tropes, films like Avatar (2009) utilize the Native woman as an exotic accoutrement to the white male hero, an access point into another culture, a way of claiming "Nativeness." In others--The Searchers (1956), Little Big Man (1970), and Deer Woman (2005), for example--the woman's symbolic death reinforces and validates America's ongoing violent and colonial action against Native peoples.