FOUNDING ERA


Here are dictionary definitions from the Founding Era through the mid 1800’s.

Walker’s Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language, 1791
NATIVE – conferred by birth; pertaining to the time or place of birth
NATURAL – not forced, not far-fetched

Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1818
NATIVE – Conferred by birth; belonging by birth
NATURAL – Bestowed by nature; not acquired; not forced

Richardson’s New Dictionary of the English Language, 1839
NATIVE – of or pertaining to birth
NATUR (E) or (AL) – To the aggregate of qualities inherent from the birth or creation of any thing; forming or constituting its being, essence, or existence; its kind or species.

Worcester’s Universal and Critical Dictionary of the English Language, 1847
NATIVE – Annexed to existence or birth; One born in a place or country;
NATURAL – Relating to or produced by nature; bestowed or dictated by nature; not acquired


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