Nationality Na`tion*al"i*ty, n.; pl. {Nationalities}. [Cf. F. nationalit['e].] 1. The quality of being national, or strongly attached to one's own nation; patriotism. [1913 Webster]

2. The sum of the qualities which distinguish a nation; national character. [1913 Webster]

3. A race or people, as determined by common language and character, and not by political bias or divisions; a nation. [1913 Webster]

The fulfillment of his mission is to be looked for in the condition of nationalities and the character of peoples. --H. W. Beecher. [1913 Webster]

4. Existence as a distinct or individual nation; national unity and integrity. [1913 Webster]

5. The state or quality of belonging to or being connected with a nation or government by nativity, character, ownership, allegiance, etc.; as, to record one's nationality on identification papers; the Soviet Union had citizens of many nationalities. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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