nature versus nurture

(noun) A debate between the influence of genetics (nature) and social environments (nurture) on the development of individual or group and which one is more dominant.

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Usage Notes:

  • An oft debated topic in the social sciences is whether nature or nurture exerts more control on an individual or society.

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How to Cite the Definition of Nature Versus Nurture

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nature versus nurture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

nature versus nurture. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nature versus nurture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“nature versus nurture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/>.