natural resource


natural resources plural : industrial materials and capacities (such as mineral deposits and waterpower) supplied by nature

Examples of natural resource in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At its core, preservation involves strict limits on the human use of, and interaction with, natural resources. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 29 Nov. 2023 Helping Protect Natural Resources Using Advanced Geospatial Tech And AI Geospatial technology and innovations hold the key to sustainable sourcing, protecting forests and oceans, and other significant steps toward conservation and preservation of our natural resources. Yael Maguire, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Some natural resources are incredibly hardy, others fragile. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 18 Oct. 2023 Government officials get kickbacks from local and foreign fixers who collect money from sales of mining rights and natural resource assets. Nicolas Niarchos, The New York Review of Books, 16 Nov. 2023 Much of their business revolves around importing various goods to the Japanese islands, which, while flush with cash thanks to Japan’s advanced economy, have relatively scarce natural resources. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 Alongside the rush to claim natural resources and establish military presence, climate change is necessitating another infrastructure boom—safeguarding Northern communities that are among the most climate-vulnerable in North America. Stephen Lezak, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2023 The underlying elements of national power, such as demography, geography, and natural resources, matter, but history shows that these are not enough to determine which countries will shape the future. Jake Sullivan, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 Poverty, crime, lagging healthcare services, the indifference of powerful nations that extract natural resources while doing little for everyday people — many factors have spurred her compatriots to flee the island. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of natural resource was in 1776

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“Natural resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

natural resource

: something (as a mineral, waterpower source, forest, or kind of animal) that is found in nature and is valuable to humans (as in providing a source of energy, recreation, or scenic beauty)

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