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  • 1 State of nature — is a term in political philosophy used in social contract theories to describe the hypothetical condition that preceded governments. There must have been a time before government, and so the question is how legitimate government could emerge from …

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  • 2 State of Nature — may refer to: *State of nature *State of Nature (album) …

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  • 3 state of nature — The state of human beings outside civil society, invoked by philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, in order to clarify what is explained by nature as opposed to what is explained by convention, and what is justified in each way. For… …

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  • 4 state of nature — noun a wild primitive state untouched by civilization he lived in the wild they collected mushrooms in the wild • Syn: ↑wild, ↑natural state • Derivationally related forms: ↑wild (for: ↑ …

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  • 5 In a state of nature — Nature Na ture (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See {Nation}.] 1. The existing system of things; the universe of matter, energy, time and space; the physical world; all of creation. Contrasted… …

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  • 6 in a state of nature — 1》 in an uncivilized or uncultivated state. 2》 totally naked. 3》 Christian Theology in a morally unregenerate condition, unredeemed by divine grace. → nature …

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  • 7 in a state of nature — phrasal 1. : naked as when born : nude 2. : in a condition of sin : unregenerate 3. : uncivilized, untamed * * * 1) in an uncivilized or uncultivated state 2) totally naked 3 …

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  • 8 (a) state of nature —    nudity    Not that being clothed is unnatural, but using the imagery of nature s garb:     Charles Boon, who scorned pyjamas and was often to be encountered walking about the apartment... in a state of nature... (Lodge, 1975) …

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  • 9 Nature (philosophy) — Nature is a concept with two major sets of inter related meanings, referring on the one hand to the things which are natural, or subject to the normal working of laws of nature , or on the other hand to the essential properties and causes of… …

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  • 10 nature — [nā′chər] n. [OFr < L natura < natus, born, produced: see GENUS] 1. the essential character of a thing; quality or qualities that make something what it is; essence 2. inborn character; innate disposition; inherent tendencies of a person 3 …

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  • 11 Nature — Na ture (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See {Nation}.] 1. The existing system of things; the universe of matter, energy, time and space; the physical world; all of creation. Contrasted with… …

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  • 12 Nature printing — Nature Na ture (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See {Nation}.] 1. The existing system of things; the universe of matter, energy, time and space; the physical world; all of creation. Contrasted… …

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  • 13 Nature worship — Nature Na ture (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See {Nation}.] 1. The existing system of things; the universe of matter, energy, time and space; the physical world; all of creation. Contrasted… …

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  • 14 State — A state is a political association with effective sovereignty over a geographic area and representing a population. These may be nation states, sub national states or multinational states. A state usually includes the set of institutions that… …

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  • 15 State (polity) — This article is about the general concept of the state. For the subjects of international law, see Sovereign state. For other uses, see State (disambiguation). The frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes Leviathan A state is an organised political… …

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  • 16 nature — n. 1 a thing s or person s innate or essential qualities or character (not in their nature to be cruel; is the nature of iron to rust). 2 (often Nature) a the physical power causing all the phenomena of the material world (Nature is the best… …

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  • 17 nature — naturelike, adj. /nay cheuhr/, n. 1. the material world, esp. as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities. 2. the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization. 3. the elements of the natural world,… …

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  • 18 nature — noun 1 PLANTS/ANIMALS ETC also Nature (U) everything in the physical world that is not controlled by humans, such as wild plants and animals, earth and rocks, and the weather: We grew up in the countryside, surrounded by the beauties of nature. | …

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  • 19 nature — Synonyms and related words: Copernican universe, Einsteinian universe, Newtonian universe, Ptolemaic universe, air, all, all being, all creation, allness, anatomy, animus, aptitude, aroma, artlessness, atom, atomic particles, attribute,… …

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  • 20 nature — noun 1》 the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, and the landscape, as opposed to humans or human creations.     ↘the physical force that is regarded as causing and regulating these phenomena. 2》 the basic or… …

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