Adjective "aboriginal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists; indigenous.
  1. 'Handley said aboriginal health is not just a federal matter because a large and growing proportion of natives live off-reserve.'
  2. 'The main exception to this has been the relationship between the dominant French-English state and aboriginal peoples.'
  3. 'The Maya and Garifuna demonstrate the surviving tribal traits of the aboriginal peoples.'
  4. 'Two weeks ago, accompanying her as she questioned Premier Yu, were a group of activists from different aboriginal tribes.'
  5. 'It still gives the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs authority over aboriginal children's education.'
  6. 'The site will be arranged to evoke the lands where the eleven aboriginal nations in Quebec live.'
  7. 'A small remnant of Khoi and San aboriginal populations lives in the extreme northwest.'
  8. 'In North America alone, there are many aboriginal cultures that no longer know a word of their original languages.'
  9. 'In ancient and aboriginal cultures, dreams were too important to he entrusted to mere dreamers.'
  10. 'The shockwaves of that first gunfire are still being felt in aboriginal communities today throughout the country.'
  11. 'Tasmania has a higher percentage of its population identifying as Aboriginal than any other Australian state.'
  12. 'Another proud first for Lismore this year was the raising of the Aboriginal flag beside the Australian flag'
  13. 'It's from there that we have the word kangaroo which reflects the local Aboriginal language of that place.'
  14. 'I refer, of course, to the place of the Aboriginal population in Australian national identity.'
  15. 'In his book A Place for Strangers, Tony Swain argued that Australian Aboriginal peoples did not fit this model.'
  16. 'Why should Aboriginal Australians be in a lesser position in respect of proprietorial rights than other Australians?'
  17. 'My fourth-graders started by studying the work of the Australian Aboriginal artists.'
  18. 'And much of this politics and conflict has involved the replacement of European names with Aboriginal ones.'
  19. 'It has been eradicated in most parts of the world, but is still occurring in Australian Aboriginal communities.'
  20. 'Its postwar collection is solid in nonindigenous Australian art and truly first rate in Aboriginal work.'


An aboriginal inhabitant of a place.
  1. 'The aboriginals, he wrote, ‘are the real swadeshi [indigenous] products of India.’'
  2. 'The aboriginals of Taiwan (the ‘natives' whose ancestors were there before anyone else arrived) number several hundred thousand.'
  3. 'According to a Canadian Press report, Canada's Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that about 4,000 aboriginals enlisted for the Second World War.'
  4. 'My first expedition was a combination of walks 11 and 12, which according to the sketch map would bypass a settlement of orang asli - the Malaysian aboriginals.'
  5. 'Using the aboriginals ' own oral histories, the developer proved that the site had been designated sacred only within the past 10 years.'
  6. 'She refers here to the aboriginals who are Argentinean but who are marginalized out of mainstream Argentinean culture to the point that many Argentineans are not even aware of their presence.'
  7. 'Peter Pond, in 1778, the first western visitor to spot the junction of the Clearwater and Athabasca Rivers, noted deposits of heavy tar used by aboriginals for waterproofing their canoes.'
  8. 'In recent decades, Taiwan's aboriginals have endured neglect and discrimination.'
  9. 'Federal Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan said at the time he'd consult with aboriginals and other stakeholders in the industry before deciding this fall on implementing the report's recommendations.'
  10. 'Even though I've never committed a crime and don't have a criminal record, police have harassed me and physically harmed me - they seem to think all aboriginals are drunks or criminals or freeloaders.'
  11. 'Well, he started off as a young camel boy with Bill Wade, going into the centre of Australia counting Aboriginals to see how many lived out there.'
  12. 'Even today the journey across the continent isn't easy, as Alice Thompson found when tracing her ancestors for her book, The Singing Line, the name the Aboriginals gave to the telegraph.'
  13. 'I was brought up in the Northern Territory with Aboriginals, and many of my closest friends are indigenous.'
  14. 'No one ever said that coming to terms with what white Australia did to Aboriginals would be easy.'
  15. 'For example, we were in Adelaide, Australia, and Aboriginals wanted Victoria Square to be dual-named.'
  16. 'This results in Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders developing negative self-concepts and a growing sense of a separate identity.'
  17. 'With its location in the Far North of Australia, soldiers posted to 51FNQR need to know how to effectively communicate with Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.'
  18. 'The only platypuses he came across were delivered to him by the Aboriginals and they decomposed in the heat before he could get them back to his dissecting bench aboard Challenger.'
  19. 'Most Australians agreed that a preamble to the Australian constitution must contain some recognition that Aboriginals were in Australia before the white man.'
  20. 'As I look around me in Central Australia I see dreadful apathy towards education among Aboriginals.'
Any of the numerous Australian Aboriginal languages.


    1. of, relating to, or typical of aborigines: aboriginal customs.

    2. original or earliest known; native; indigenous: the aboriginal people of Tahiti. noun

    3. aborigine (def 1).

    4. (initial capital letter) aborigine (def 2).

    More examples(as adjective)

    "groups can be aboriginal."

    "people can be aboriginal."

    "leaders can be aboriginal."

    "communities can be aboriginal."

    "rights can be aboriginal."

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    Mid 17th century: from Latin aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (see aborigine) + -al.