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I'm aware of the phrase second nature:

second nature

a tendency or habit that has become characteristic or instinctive.

"deceit was becoming second nature to her"

Source.

Is there something that means "first nature"? Example sentence:

His light, like air, had become __ to her.

(Maybe "first nature" is common enough? And applicable in this situation?)

Note: By "first nature" I mean, things that are fundamental to us like food, shelter, air, etc.

  • I've never heard the term first nature used before. I'm happy to help you fill in a word for that sentence, but it's not clear to me what you hope to say with the word "first nature"? – Element115 Mar 22 '18 at 3:40
  • @Element115 I added a note in my question. – alex Mar 22 '18 at 3:43
  • In this context, I would think that things that are "first nature" are instinctive or genetic, not fundamental like food, shelter, etc. Things that are second nature are skills and habits that are done without conscious thought. Anyhow, I have never before encountered the phrase "first nature". – m_a_s Mar 22 '18 at 3:49
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By

first nature

You seem to mean something that already occurs and has not been learned.

The possible words you are looking for are

instinctive
Babies will instinctively cling to their mothers.

natural-born
Without any training, he is a natural-born athlete.

Depending on your perspective, a related term might be

idiot savant

which describes someone who is mentally handicapped, but brilliant at one particular thing.

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