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indigenous

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of indigenous

  1. 1 belonging to a particular place by birth or origin the culture of the indigenous people of that country Synonyms of indigenous aboriginal, autochthonous, born, domestic, endemic, nativeWords Related to indigenous local, regional; originalNear Antonyms of indigenous imported, introduced, transplanted; alien, exotic, foreign, strange; expatriate, immigrantAntonyms of indigenous nonindigenous, nonnative

  2. 2 being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing the drive to create that is indigenous to humanity Synonyms of indigenous built-in, constitutional, constitutive, essential, hardwired, immanent, inborn, inbred, inherent, ingrain, ingrained (also engrained), innate, integral, intrinsic, native, naturalWords Related to indigenous basic, deep-rooted, elemental, fundamental; congenital, hereditary, inherited, inmost, inner, interior; internal; characteristic, distinctive, peculiar; habitual, inveterate; normal, regular, typicalNear Antonyms of indigenous alien, foreign; accidental, coincidental, incidental; acquired, adscititious; superficial, surface; exterior, externalAntonyms of indigenous adventitious, extraneous, extrinsic

Synonym Discussion of indigenous

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it.
    • native tribal customs
indigenous applies to that which is not only native but which, as far as can be determined, has never been introduced or brought from elsewhere.
    • indigenous plants
endemic implies being peculiar to a region.
    • a disease endemic in Africa
aboriginal implies having no known others preceding in occupancy of a particular region.
    • the aboriginal peoples of Australia


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