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at one with nature
▪ She felt as she always did in these mountains: peaceful, without care, at one with nature.
foreign to...nature
▪ Aggression is completely foreign to his nature.
good nature
▪ He had his father’s good looks and his mother’s good nature.
human nature
intrinsic nature/quality/value/property of sth
▪ There is nothing in the intrinsic nature of the work that makes it more suitable for women.
Mother Nature
▪ How could Mother Nature have dealt such a savage blow?
nature conservation
▪ a government adviser on nature conservation
nature reserve
nature trail
the balance of nature
▪ Nothing can justify permanent damage to the balance of nature.
the controversial nature of sth
▪ The report was kept secret because of its controversial nature.
the essential nature of sth
▪ The essential nature of stem cells is that they are the source of all other cells in the body.
the exceptional nature of sth (=the very unusual qualities or features that something has)
▪ In view of the exceptional nature of your crime, this court sentences you to a minimum of twenty years.
the true nature of sth
▪ The prisoners are encouraged to confront the true nature of their crimes.
the very nature/essence of sth
▪ As a travel writer, the very nature of his job meant that he travelled a lot.
▪ Under different situations in nature Azolla is regarded to be an undesirable weed or a very beneficial plant.
▪ But it is different in nature.
▪ Out on the high plains, the problem is of a different nature.
▪ But the attention paid to it was of a completely different nature to that accorded to male blood.
▪ Because human nature is different from chimp nature.
▪ He is a poet of a different nature.
▪ We had problems with spirits of a different nature the night Oliver Reed joined us.
▪ Mystery still surrounds the exact nature of the accident.
▪ Starr would not comment on the exact nature of the new evidence, which Howard now holds under seal.
▪ Awareness of the exact nature of her surroundings was alarming.
▪ He took on several enterprises, but their exact nature was always obscure and there were no evident profits.
▪ There would be time to work out the exact nature of its functioning later.
▪ What was the exact nature of the social and political elite that dominated state and society at this time?
▪ By clarifying in your own mind the exact nature of these positions you can enter into bargaining with much greater confidence.
▪ He had remembered the story even if he had forgotten the exact nature of the secret signal.
▪ Unlike many other societies, including our own, Chewong ideas about human nature are truly applicable to both sexes.
▪ Conservatism makes few assumptions about human nature.
▪ I wonder at the lack of knowledge of human nature shown by some judges.
▪ And that aspect of human nature does not evaporate just because people are part of the same organization.
▪ Part of the problem of having a broken human nature is that we easily deceive ourselves.
▪ When we do, an extraordinary insight into human nature will emerge.
▪ Wrestling with nature - and human nature - was the prime thing.
▪ In general, one claim underpinning the human nature approach seems reasonable-we are not merely the product of our environment.
▪ The answer depends upon the precise nature of price rigidity.
▪ The man was obviously enjoying himself, but the precise nature of that pleasure eluded Quinn.
▪ It will be appreciated that the precise nature of the degree or defect in acuity or field of vision is highly individual.
▪ What is the precise nature of the school goals?
▪ What is its precise nature and why is it before this court?
▪ Doubts have been raised concerning the precise nature of Salmon's religious identity and experiences, but the salient details are unproblematic.
▪ The precise nature of this scheme varies from one company to another.
▪ Keynes's later scepticism on the precise nature of this connection seems to have been amply justified.
▪ There the prisoners are encouraged to confront the true nature of their crimes and themselves.
▪ This is the true nature of democracy and of all distributed governance.
▪ However, the true condition and nature of an object can only really be judged by physically checking it.
▪ Even worse was the fact that very few government officials appeared to be aware of the true nature of the missions.
▪ Fistula formation - for example to the trachea - may then be the first sign of the true nature of the disease.
▪ But the attacks often distort the true nature of a candidate.
▪ What is certainly true is that nature is not as straight forward as we like to suppose.
▪ Because of the very nature of desktop publishing this should come as no surprise.
▪ The very nature of the service dictates that every advice worker must be kept up to date both with changing legislation and with skills.
▪ It goes against the very nature of man today.
▪ It was a technique which by its very nature was unsuited for use from the front opposition bench.
▪ The very nature of their mouths says so. paradoxically, however, surface feeding is part of their nature too.
▪ Several writers have emphasised the very stressful nature of the parachute training at Ringway.
▪ In other words, desires are authentically related to our very nature as human beings.
▪ Gameplay is naturally limited because of the very nature of the type of game.
▪ There have been gains for nature conservation in that the storms have prompted a fundamental questioning of the received view.
▪ The designation is a form of landscape protection only and has little value in nature conservation terms.
▪ On the whole, I feel optimistic about the future of nature conservation because so many people are involved now.
▪ It has also drastically altered landscapes and reduced the nature conservation interest associated with the former small fields and hedges or banks.
▪ A knowledge of, and a commitment to, nature conservation in Northern Ireland is essential.
▪ The open countryside will be protected, but recreation and nature conservation will be encouraged.
▪ Julie Godwin, who was thirty, was sunbathing at a nature reserve when she was killed.
▪ Julie was cut down beneath a nearby tree on the beautiful nature reserve 220 miles north of Durban.
▪ Care would be taken not to harm the environment in the nature reserve there, which was designated a world heritage area.
▪ The new nature reserve will be the area of Middlesbrough and more than seven times the size of Hyde Park.
▪ There are about 150,000 acres of natural space left, but only 50,000 acres are protected by a nature reserve.
▪ In the area too is the Noar Hill nature reserve, on land where chalk was once dug.
▪ Thankfully it's now a nature reserve, which has the added advantage of offering free access during the stalking season.
▪ In 1910, the Hon Charles Rothschild purchased 138 hectares of this fenland fragment and declared it a nature reserve.
▪ There is a one and a half mile circular nature trail around the reserve, which is definitely worth doing.
▪ The rerouted nature trail offers three new vistas from about 150 feet above river level.
▪ Eight miles away you can visit the Oakwell Country Park with 87 acres of parkland, nature trails and bridleways.
▪ The sludge in the Cuisinart fills the condo with smells I remember from nature trails of my childhood.
▪ There will be no polecat with young at post number seven on the nature trail.
▪ Untouched for thirty years, ideal for a nature trail - the undisturbed habitat of birds and animals.
▪ There is a hide and a nature trail which is always open.
▪ Parish nature trails were also mentioned and Miss Bellamy said that it was possible to obtain grants towards producing leaflets.
▪ In Chapter 2 we concentrate on the changing nature of the public monument.
▪ The contract in many ways represents the changing nature of overseas military operations.
▪ I have no wish to change my nature over this matter and become a crusading journalist.
▪ In addition, any classification is time specific, because evolutionary and revolutionary processes can change the nature of a political system.
▪ How that might change his nature, there's the question.
▪ The fourth stage recognizes the changing nature of the networking marketplace.
▪ All that has changed is the nature and volume of data, and the way it is created and accessed.
▪ Affective experiences, such as feeling, are represented and remembered, changing for ever the nature of affective thoughts.
▪ There are different forms of the request available from the county court depending upon the nature of the action.
▪ The time required to collect data may be only a few days or several months depending on the nature of the problem.
▪ It goes without saying that everything depends on the nature of the piece of music to be scored.
▪ Chimps go from small feeding bands to big groups depending on the nature of the food supply.
▪ The answer depends upon the precise nature of price rigidity.
▪ As to the duration of the restrictions, what constitutes a reasonable period depends largely on the nature of the business sold.
▪ The amount of encoding in a header will depend both on the nature and the intended use of the text.
▪ The kind of institution that can best provide the protection depends on the nature of the transaction, an issue discussed later.
▪ Even physics does not understand the nature of an electron and electrical charge.
▪ One can understand why a cheerful nature is important.
▪ What we need is managerial hierarchy that understands its own nature and purpose.
▪ He very likely does not understand the nature of the risk that he describes.
▪ How then could we ever understand the nature and functioning of the whole belt?
▪ She understood human nature, which is the essence of politics.
▪ They did not understand the nature of honour or how to win glory in battle.
▪ This is highly significant for understanding the nature of his perceived relationship to his government.
appeal to sb's better nature/sense of justice etc
be/become second nature (to sb)
▪ Typing becomes second nature after a while.
▪ But the main reason for my silence was that secrecy and deception had by then become second nature to me.
▪ By the time you die, you should be so used to paying taxes that it would almost be second nature anyway.
▪ Gradually those qualities become second nature.
▪ If one is well grounded in youth, the object of love and sound toilet training, these things become second nature.
▪ Management by objective was becoming second nature in the West Wing.
▪ Pay close attention to the sweep pattern and strokes, and this will eventually become second nature.
▪ Practice breathing in this way for twenty minutes each day until it becomes second nature.
▪ The strange and difficult was becoming second nature in the way that it had when I'd learned to fly.
commune with nature
▪ Can you spare as little as half an hour each day to unwind or to commune with nature?
▪ Instead of living, the church peddled dogmas; instead of communing with nature, it recited lifeless history.
▪ When this happened, one left him alone to commune with nature or whatever it was he wished to do.
it's (only/just) human nature
▪ It's human nature to put off doing things you don't like to do.
▪ But it's human nature that people-male or female-will do what they are allowed to get away with.
the call of nature
▪ It was the call of nature.
▪ Old Rottweilers may need to be let out more frequently to answer the call of nature, but for shorter periods.
the secrets of life/nature/the universe etc
▪ Nobody expects you to reveal the secrets of the universe, only produce a well-written story.
▪ We cease trying vainly to understand the secrets of the Universe as we have hitherto tried to do.
▪ Being distrustful had become a part of her nature.
▪ books of an erotic nature
▪ Children at this age commonly refer to being eaten up by tigers and lions and things of that nature.
▪ Computers, by their nature, tend to change the way offices are organized.
▪ I've always been a nature lover.
▪ I am not by nature a violent man, but these insults were more than I could bear.
▪ It's in the nature of elections that campaigning sometimes gets quite tough.
▪ It was not in his nature to take risks.
▪ Kindness and sympathy were in his nature.
▪ Monnens spends his days explaining the nature of Internet advertising to clients.
▪ My girlfriend has a rather unforgiving nature so I don't think that I'll tell her.
▪ On the plains the farmers have to deal with frequent floods, but up in the hills their problems are of a different nature.
▪ She's generous by nature.
▪ She was surprised to learn he had a romantic side to his nature.
▪ The cruise was to be in the nature of a "rest cure".
▪ The doctor admitted that he didn't yet understand the nature of Julie's illness.
▪ the laws of nature
▪ The support being given is primarily of a practical nature.
▪ But one can not be specific about the number of questions without knowing the nature of the project topic.
▪ He has a serious nature and his powers of concentration are a boon when it comes to his gruelling training schedule.
▪ Out of acorns, nature makes a machine that provides a luxurious home for people, animals, and plants.
▪ The arrival of man-made instruments represented the supplanting and indeed deliberate transcending of nature by human values.
▪ The choice of methods for a particular study will depend on the nature of the task and the resources available.
▪ Though this is impossible to us as humans, nature does it all the time.
▪ Thus it is very important to read the instructions carefully when using programmes of this nature.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nature \Na"ture\, v. t. To endow with natural qualities. [Obs.]

He [God] which natureth every kind.


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 the world of mankind, with its mental and social phenomena.

    But looks through nature up to nature's God.

    When, in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bonds which have connected them with another, ans to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal Station which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to the Separation.
    --Declaration of Independence

    Nature has caprices which art can not imitate.

  2. The personified sum and order of causes and effects; the powers which produce existing phenomena, whether in the total or in detail; the agencies which carry on the processes of creation or of being; -- often conceived of as a single and separate entity, embodying the total of all finite agencies and forces as disconnected from a creating or ordering intelligence; as, produced by nature; the forces of nature.

    I oft admire How Nature, wise and frugal, could commit Such disproportions.

  3. The established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect.

  4. Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience.

    One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

  5. The sum of qualities and attributes which make a person or thing what it is, as distinct from others; native character; inherent or essential qualities or attributes; peculiar constitution or quality of being.

    Thou, therefore, whom thou only canst redeem, Their nature also to thy nature join, And be thyself man among men on earth.

  6. Hence: Kind, sort; character; quality.

    A dispute of this nature caused mischief.

  7. Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life. ``My days of nature.''

    Oppressed nature sleeps.

  8. Natural affection or reverence.

    Have we not seen The murdering son ascend his parent's bed, Through violated nature force his way?

  9. Constitution or quality of mind or character. A born devil, on whose nature Nurture can never stick. --Shak. That reverence which is due to a superior nature. --Addison. Good nature, Ill nature. see under Good and Ill. In a state of nature.

    1. Naked as when born; nude.

    2. In a condition of sin; unregenerate.

    3. Untamed; uncivilized.

      Nature printing, a process of printing from metallic or other plates which have received an impression, as by heavy pressure, of an object such as a leaf, lace, or the like.

      Nature worship, the worship of the personified powers of nature.

      To pay the debt of nature, to die.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., "restorative powers of the body, bodily processes; powers of growth;" from Old French nature "nature, being, principle of life; character, essence," from Latin natura "course of things; natural character, constitution, quality; the universe," literally "birth," from natus "born," past participle of nasci "to be born," from PIE *gene- "to give birth, beget" (see genus).\n

\nFrom late 14c. as "creation, the universe;" also "heredity, birth, hereditary circumstance; essential qualities, innate disposition" (as in human nature); "nature personified, Mother Nature." Specifically as "material world beyond human civilization or society" from 1660s. Nature and nurture have been contrasted since 1874.\n Nature should be avoided in such vague expressions as 'a lover of nature,' 'poems about nature.' Unless more specific statements follow, the reader cannot tell whether the poems have to do with natural scenery, rural life, the sunset, the untouched wilderness, or the habits of squirrels." [Strunk & White, "The Elements of Style," 3rd ed., 1979]


n. 1 (lb en uncountable) The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design. e.g. the ecosystem, the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of nature. 2 The innate characteristics of a thing. What something will tend by its own constitution, to be or do. Distinct from what might be expected or intended. 3 The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe. vb. (context obsolete English) To endow with natural qualities.

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

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

  5. 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"

Nature (disambiguation)

Nature is the natural, physical, or material world or universe.

Nature may also refer to:

Nature (rapper)

Jermain Baxter (born December 5, 1972), better known as Nature, is an American rapper, best known for his association with fellow Queensbridge-born rapper Nas and having replaced Cormega in the original QB group the Firm.

Nature (radio programme)

Nature is a long-running documentary programme on BBC Radio 4, covering wildlife and environmental matters.

It is broadcast (and available on-line) on Mondays at 21:00-21:30 and repeated on Tuesdays at 11:00 (local time). Past episodes are also available, in RealAudio, from the programme's web page.

Current presenters include Grant Sonnex and Brett Westwood; former presenters include Mark Carwardine. Nature is also broadcast visually on PBS.

Nature (song)

"Nature" is a 1969 single by New Zealand band The Fourmyula. The song peaked at number one in the New Zealand singles chart in 1970, won the APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award the same year, and in 2001 was voted the top song in APRA New Zealand's Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time. "Nature" was notably covered in 1992 by New Zealand rock band The Mutton Birds.

Nature (album)

Nature is a compilation album by New Zealand rock band The Mutton Birds. The album, a selection of songs from the band's first two albums, was released in September 1995 in Australia and the UK. Another compilation, Box of Birds, a double CD repackaging of the entire two albums, was released in New Zealand two months later with an almost identical cover. Box of Birds spent three weeks in the New Zealand album charts and peaked at No.42.


Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, or material world or universe. "Nature" can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. The study of nature is a large part of science. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.

The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or "essential qualities, innate disposition", and in ancient times, literally meant "birth". Natura is a Latin translation of the Greek word physis (φύσις), which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord. The concept of nature as a whole, the physical universe, is one of several expansions of the original notion; it began with certain core applications of the word φύσις by pre-Socratic philosophers, and has steadily gained currency ever since. This usage continued during the advent of modern scientific method in the last several centuries.

Within the various uses of the word today, "nature" often refers to geology and wildlife. Nature can refer to the general realm of living plants and animals, and in some cases to the processes associated with inanimate objects – the way that particular types of things exist and change of their own accord, such as the weather and geology of the Earth. It is often taken to mean the " natural environment" or wilderness–wild animals, rocks, forest, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention. For example, manufactured objects and human interaction generally are not considered part of nature, unless qualified as, for example, "human nature" or "the whole of nature". This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind. Depending on the particular context, the term "natural" might also be distinguished from the unnatural or the supernatural.

Nature (journal)

Nature is a British interdisciplinary scientific journal, first published on 4 November 1869. It was ranked the world's most cited scientific journal by the Science Edition of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports, is ascribed an impact factor of approximately 38.1, and is widely regarded as one of the few remaining academic journals that publishes original research across a wide range of scientific fields. Nature claims an online readership of about 3 million unique readers per month. The journal has a weekly circulation of around 53,000 but studies have concluded that on average a single copy is shared by as many as eight people.

Research scientists are the primary audience for the journal, but summaries and accompanying articles are intended to make many of the most important papers understandable to scientists in other fields and the educated public. Towards the front of each issue are editorials, news and feature articles on issues of general interest to scientists, including current affairs, science funding, business, scientific ethics and research breakthroughs. There are also sections on books and arts. The remainder of the journal consists mostly of research papers (articles or letters), which are often dense and highly technical. Because of strict limits on the length of papers, often the printed text is actually a summary of the work in question with many details relegated to accompanying supplementary material on the journal's website.

There are many fields of research in which important new advances and original research are published as either articles or letters in Nature. The papers that have been published in this journal are internationally acclaimed for maintaining high research standards.

In 2007 Nature (together with Science) received the Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanity.

Nature (essay)

"Nature" is an essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and published by James Munroe and Company in 1836. In this essay Emerson put forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature. Emerson's visit to the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris inspired a set of lectures he later delivered in Boston which were then published.

Within the essay, Emerson divides nature into four usages: Commodity, Beauty, Language and Discipline. These distinctions define the ways by which humans use nature for their basic needs, their desire for delight, their communication with one another and their understanding of the world. Emerson followed the success of "Nature" with a speech, " The American Scholar", which together with his previous lectures laid the foundation for transcendentalism and his literary career.

Nature (philosophy)

Nature has two inter-related meanings in philosophy. On the one hand, it means the set of all things which are natural, or subject to the normal working of the laws of nature. On the other hand, it means the essential properties and causes of individual things.

How to understand the meaning and significance of nature has been a consistent theme of discussion within the history of Western Civilization, in the philosophical fields of metaphysics and epistemology, as well as in theology and science. The study of natural things and the regular laws which seem to govern them, as opposed to discussion about what it means to be natural, is the area of natural science.

Teshe word "nature" derives from Latin nātūra, a philosophical term derived from the verb for birth, which was used as a translation for the earlier Ancient Greek term phusis which was derived from the verb for natural growth, for example that of a plant. Already in classical times, philosophical use of these words combined two related meanings which have in common that they refer to the way in which things happen by themselves, "naturally", without "interference" from human deliberation, divine intervention, or anything outside of what is considered normal for the natural things being considered.

Understandings of nature depend on the subject and age of the work where they appear. For example, Aristotle's explanation of natural properties differs from what is meant by natural properties in modern philosophical and scientific works, which can also differ from other scientific and conventional usage.

Nature (TV series)

Nature is a wildlife television program produced by Thirteen/WNET New York. It has been distributed to United States public television stations by the PBS television service since its debut on October 10, 1982. Some episodes may appear in syndication on many PBS member stations around the U.S. and Canada and on the Discovery Channel. This series currently airs on Wednesday on PBS.

It is a weekly one-hour program that consists of documentaries about various animals and ecosystems. The on-camera host of the first season was Donald Johanson, with voice-over narration by George Page. Starting with the 1983 season George Page became both the on-camera host and the narrator until the series' 19th season in 2000. Since then, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham has frequently narrated episodes, as has ecologist Chris Morgan.

Nature (Tobler essay)

"Nature" (German: "Die Natur") is an essay by Georg Christoph Tobler which is often incorrectly attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was first published in 1783 in the Tiefurt Journal. Tobler wrote the essay after repeated conversations with Goethe.

The essay begins:

Nature! We are surrounded and embraced by her—unable to step out of her and unable to penetrate her more deeply.

In the first issue of Nature magazine, published on Nov 4, 1869, T. H. Huxley submitted an English translation of the essay, titled "Nature: Aphorisms by Goethe".

Sigmund Freud wrote that a public recitation of the essay, which Freud refers to as "the incomparably beautiful essay by Goethe", led him to study medicine.

Usage examples of "nature".

Matter, then, thus brought to order must lose its own nature in the supreme degree unless its baseness is an accidental: if it is base in the sense of being Baseness the Absolute, it could never participate in order, and, if evil in the sense of being Evil the Absolute, it could never participate in good.

The absolutist nature of the American Creed, with its ideological faith in Democracy and Freedom, tends to produce etherized, contentless versions of both these concepts.

It is therefore clear that matter had been absorbed which was either actually poisonous or of too stimulating a nature.

Zaguri and the house of Memmo, who both sought after his always interesting conversation, accepting from this man all he had of good, and closing their eyes, on account of his genius, upon the perverse parts of his nature.

When the rights of nature and poverty were thus secured, it seemed reasonable, that a stranger, or a distant relation, who acquired an unexpected accession of fortune, should cheerfully resign a twentieth part of it, for the benefit of the state.

I perceived that those who have confirmed themselves in favor of nature and of human prudence would not make the acknowledgment because the natural light flowing in from below would immediately extinguish the spiritual light flowing in from above.

To prevent, therefore, any such suspicions, so prejudicial to the credit of an historian, who professes to draw his materials from nature only, we shall now proceed to acquaint the reader who these people were, whose sudden appearance had struck such terrors into Partridge, had more than half frightened the postboy, and had a little surprized even Mr.

Intellectual-Principle which actually is the primals and is always self-present and is in its nature an Act, never by any want forced to seek, never acquiring or traversing the remote--for all such experience belongs to soul--but always self-gathered, the very Being of the collective total, not an extern creating things by the act of knowing them.

The acridity of its oil is modified in the seeds by combination with another fixed oil of a bland nature which can be readily separated by pressure, then the cake left after the expression of this fixed oil is far more pungent than the seeds.

Thus, since the very reality of its Nature is situated in Non-Being, it is in no degree the Actualization of any definite Being.

If it is to be present at all, it cannot be an Actualization, for then it would not be the stray from Authentic Being which it is, the thing having its Being in Non-Beingness: for, note, in the case of things whose Being is a falsity, to take away the falsity is to take away what Being they have, and if we introduce actualization into things whose Being and Essence is Potentiality, we destroy the foundation of their nature since their Being is Potentiality.

Nature is situated in Non-Being, it is in no degree the Actualization of any definite Being.

The chief secret, however, of the origin of the peculiar phrases under consideration consisted in their striking fitness to the nature and facts of the case, their adaptedness to express these facts in a bold and vivid manner.

Whether natural selection has really thus acted in nature, in modifying and adapting the various forms of life to their several conditions and stations, must be judged of by the general tenour and balance of evidence given in the following chapters.

The nature of nicotine addiction is that it leaves you feeling permanently hungry and therefore more liable to become overweight.