in the nature of (something)

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in the nature of (something)

In the style or manner of something; similar to or typical of something. While the movie is in the nature of a conventional action film, it is actually a remarkably deep and emotionally rich allegory of human folly. It is not in the nature of a boy his age to be so preoccupied with books and learning.
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in the nature of ˈsth

similar to something; a type of something; in the style of something: His speech was in the nature of an apology.
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IT'S IN THE NATURE OF WRITERS to love their stories, all their stories, even the lop-eared, runt-of-the-litter stories that for mercy's sake should be stuffed into a sack and heaved into a swift-moving stream.
In another way, it addresses the progress of social and ethical thought in the era, revealing that the shifts in notions of individual agency, personal duty, social identity, and political community revealed by recent studies depend in significant measure on tra nsformations in the nature and workings of these public and private institutions that defined the arena for social interaction.