in a state of nature


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in a state of nature

1. In a primitive, uncivilized state, as one would find in nature; lacking political, legal, or moral order. Humans in a state of nature will choose self-preservation over any notion of altruism every time. The so-called paleo diet, which focuses almost entirely on unrefined, unprocessed foods, argues that it most closely resembles the diet of humans in a state of nature.
2. Without any clothes; nude. My roommate constantly walks around the house in a state of nature. I think I'm going to find a new place to live.
See also: nature, of, state

in a state of nature

1 in an uncivilized or uncultivated state. 2 totally naked. 3 (in Christian theology) in a morally unregenerate condition, unredeemed by divine grace.
See also: nature, of, state