I was at the County Library today, and on a whim, I pulled out the Oxford English Dictionary to see of the definition of “natural-born” had changed since my older edition was published. It hadn’t, but while there I looked up another word, “native.” There were two entries for the word, both with multiple definitions.
I didn’t write down the first entry that had at least 9 definitions, some of which refer to where someone comes from. I would say that I am a “native of Alabama” and everyone would understand that Alabama is where I was born.
The other entry is what I though worth copying. First, the derivation originated in the Latin word nativus meaning “produced by birth, innate, natural.” The first definition was:
I. 1. a. Belonging to, or connected with, a person or thing by nature or natural constitution, in contrast to what is acquired or superadded: esp. of qualities which are inherited or innate in a person or thing.
I see all sorts of interpretations of the word “native” in the natural born citizen discussion, and I just want folks to be aware that there are multiple meanings of that word.
For reference, I snapped a photo of the “natural-born” entry.