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Blacks Law Dictionary, 2nd Ed, 1910


Some interesting definitions.

NATIVE.  A natural-born subject or citizen; a denizen by birth; one who owes his domicile or citizenship to the fact of his birth within the country referred to.  The term may also include one born abroad, if his parents were then citizens of the country, and not permanently residing in foreign parts.  see U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark. (I include this for completeness even though it is tainted by WKA.)

NATURAL-BORN SUBJECT.  In English law.  One born within the dominions, or rather within the allegiance, of the king of England.

NATURALIZE.  To confer citizenship upon an alien; to make a foreigner the same in respect to rights and privileges, as if he were a native citizen or subject.

NATION.  A people, or aggregation of men, existing in the form of an organized jural society, inhabiting a distinct portion of the earth, speaking the same language, using the same customs, possessing historic continuity, and distinguished from other like groups by their racial origin and characteristics, and generally, but not necessarily, living under the same government and sovereignty.

NATIONALITY.  That quality or character which arises from the fact of a person’s belonging to a nation or state.  Nationality determines the political status of the individual, especially with reference to allegiance; while domicile determines his civil status.  Nationality arises either by birth or by naturalization.   “nationality” is also used as opposed to “territoriality” for the purpose of distinguishing the case of a nation having no national territory; e.g., the Jews.


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