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by nature

Naturally; inherently. Refers to one's traits. I don't think she is a vicious person by nature—growing up in an abusive household just took a toll on her.
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And these bodies are not supposed to force each other from their natural positions or to move to meet in unnatural positions, because we have already established that forcing bodies are forcing each other to move until they end up with a body moving by nature. And if there were a body that was moving by force to an unnatural position, such as the elements of the worlds, it is necessary that another body would move in that direction by nature.
By nature, however, it is not permitted that the movement should be from one end to the opposite end or in relation to it.
Granted nature stops to pay homage to John Henry upon his birth, and John Henry shows a commanding ability over nature at every turn, yet nature is both servant and friend, as is effectively demonstrated by the animals that come to visit him at his birth, in the sun and moon that continually peer over the mountain at him, and in the rainbow that wraps around his shoulders "like love." John Henry is, however, befriended by nature not because he dominates it, but because he understands it.
By the new cosmological thinking, bioengineering is not something artificially superimposed on nature but something spawned by nature's own ongoing evolutionary process.
The sum that we invest was itself loaned to us by nature; we do wrong if we spend it on ourselves, or even invest it in ourselves at high rates of interest, for if we do, it will perish with us:
An investigative team organized by NATURE reports in the July 28 issue that the results of a controversial dilution experiment published in the journal four weeks ago are "not reproducible in the ordinary meaning of that word." A repeat performance got four positive and three negative results at the University of Paris-Sud laboratory of Jacques Benveniste, who led the original 13 researchers.
Nor can we be compelled to admire anything because it is "ordained by nature" Philosophers often express this in technical terms when they say that "ethics is logically in dependent of nature or metaphysics"
"Their actions are spontaneously right, in keeping with the flow of things." Like Swift's Houyhnhnms, by nature people are reasonable, benevolent, perfectly sincere, morally restrained, and non-coercive.
Suppose someone intent to vindicate the existence of religious knowledge maintains that human beings have by nature a theistic sense.
The process of deliberately and actively compensating for our own influence on a particular landscape or ecosystem (by reintroducing extirpated native species, for example, or removing troublesome exotic ones) is by nature an act of reciprocity.
Humans have a wide range of legitimate needs, all of them bred into us by nature itself.