Your nature is sort of the way you are — the sum total of how you think, feel, and behave. It might be in your nature to remain calm and level-headed when faced with a difficult challenge.

Things that aren't people can also have their own nature. You might notice the frantic nature of a political debate, or you might question the nature of your brother's friendships. Nature can also refer to the physical world made up of plants and animals: what you think of as "the great outdoors." You might be a nature lover who enjoys hiking. Nature can also describe natural forces, such as the destructive elements of nature, like a tsunami or a tornado.

Definitions of nature

n the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.

“they tried to preserve nature as they found it”
Type of:
cosmos, creation, existence, macrocosm, universe, world
everything that exists anywhere

n a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe

“the laws of nature
nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women”
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causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

n the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized

“it is the nature of fire to burn”
“the true nature of jealousy”
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions

“it is his nature to help others”
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animal nature, animality
the physical (or animal) side of a person as opposed to the spirit or intellect
disposition, temperament
your usual mood
(obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament
the tendency to associate with others and to form social groups
aloneness, loneliness, lonesomeness, solitariness
a disposition toward being alone
animalism, physicality
preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
bloodiness, bloodthirstiness
a disposition to shed blood
heart, spirit
an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
a sensitive or highly strung temperament
esprit de corps, morale, team spirit
the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
having temperamental and changeable moods
temperament or disposition
a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable
permissiveness, tolerance
a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
restrictiveness, unpermissiveness
a lack of permissiveness or indulgence and a tendency to confine behavior within certain specified limits
good nature
a cheerful, obliging disposition
agreeability, agreeableness
a temperamental disposition to be agreeable
ill nature
a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
cheerful compliance
involuntariness, unwillingness
the trait of being unwilling
sociability, sociableness
the relative tendency or disposition to be sociable or associate with one's fellows
a friendly disposition
unsociability, unsociableness
an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
an unfriendly disposition
calm, calmness, composure, equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress
a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure
a general disposition to expect the best in all things
a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
the disposition and habits of an epicure
the disposition and habits of a gourmand
Type of:
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

n a particular type of thing

“he's interested in trains and things of that nature
“matters of a personal nature
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a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

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