[pree-ter-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l]
- out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal: preternatural powers.
- outside of nature; supernatural.
Origin of preternatural
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1. unusual, extraordinary, unnatural. See miraculous.
1. ordinary, usual.
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Examples from the Web for preternatural
He presided over the preternatural creation of 30 million new jobs—and the sharpest rise in median incomes in a generation.No One’s Going to Challenge Hillary Clinton
May 10, 2014
There is an automatism to him, a preternatural talent for responding exactly, and briskly, with what is expected.Oren Makes Friends, Not News
October 16, 2012
Schwarzenegger is adept at disguising his true feelings beneath a mask of preternatural calm, but he was suddenly doubly alert.Arnold Schwarzenegger Comes Clean
September 30, 2012
In this undertaking he manifests a preternatural astuteness.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Even my preternatural eagerness could not discern who they were!The First Violin
He was speaking in a deadened voice which had yet a preternatural distinctness.The Arrow of Gold
And so Ormiston felt, as he stood eyeing it with preternatural gravity.The Midnight Queen
May Agnes Fleming
Daddy hunted about with a look of preternatural sagacity about him.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
- beyond what is ordinarily found in nature; abnormal
- another word for supernatural
C16: from Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter natūram beyond the scope of nature
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Word Origin and History for preternatural
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