natural resource


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Indiana is among 48 states in an Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact that helps agencies coordinate to deal with people who violate wildlife and natural resource laws outside of their home state. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Nov. 2022 Public outreach campaigns educate consumers with compelling data and storytelling about carbon footprints, natural resource scarcity, and climate change. Himangi Kanodia, Quartz, 25 Oct. 2022 Johnson is also one of handful of Democratic senators from rural districts who have stepped in to block nominees to the commissions governing natural resource agencies, including the Board of Forestry. oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2022 As authorities warn of water scarcity, experts say that tens of billions of dollars are being squandered on projects that waste – as opposed to conserve – the precious natural resource, particularly Egypt’s megaprojects in the desert. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022 Funds used for wildlife and natural resource conservation activities. Leada Gore |, al, 2 June 2022 Haaland’s views on curbing oil and gas development in favor of environmental conservation angered Alaskans who see natural resource development as key to Alaska’s economy. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Oct. 2022 Many coastal communities and timber towns in the 4th District have long lacked enough middle-class jobs amid declining natural resource industries, both candidates say. oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2022 Speed up natural resource and alternative energy production, balanced with climate change improvements. Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 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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Cite this Entry

“Natural resource.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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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