: a community of people made up of one or more nationalities usually with its own territory and government <… here is a race that the whole nation is clamoring for … — Walter Farley, The Black Stallion>
The Latin word nāscī, meaning “to be born,” and its form nātus give us the roots nat and nai. Words from the Latin nāscī have something to do with being born. When someone is native to a particular place, she or he was born there. A nation, or country, is a place where people are born. Anyone naive has a lack of knowledge and experience as if he or she was only recently born.