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Dictionary definition for: Nature

1. (n) the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized; "it is the nature of fire to burn" "the true nature of jealousy"

2. (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"

3. (n) the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"

4. (n) the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person''s characteristic actions and reactions; "it is his nature to help others"

5. (n) a particular type of thing; "problems of this type are very difficult to solve" "he''s interested in trains and things of that nature" "matters of a personal nature"

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