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Nurture is usually defined as the process of caring for and teaching a child as the child grows. Often, it is used in debates as the opposite of "nature" (see nature versus nurture), whereby nurture means the process of replicating learned cultural information from one mind to another, and nature means the replication of genetic non-learned behavior.

Nurture is important in the nature-nurture debate as this would decide the final outcome of the origins of most of humanity's behaviours. There are many agents of socialzation, (in some cases, "desocialization") that are responsible, in some respects the outcome of a child's personaltiy, behaviour, thoughts, feelings, and future.

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