[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 preternaturally
Unlike the Hollywood version of genius, which is preternaturally cerebral, Hitchens was preternaturally visceral.Remembering the Real Genius of Christopher Hitchens, Not the Caricature
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For the record, her long, golden locks are as preternaturally perfect as ever.A Socialite's Revenge
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Natt's drowsy eyes were preternaturally bright at that great moment.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
She was very pale, and her eyes were dilating and preternaturally bright.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
But when he stirred, her eyes were wide and preternaturally bright, and held him.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
She was small and slight for her twelve years, and preternaturally grave.The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
How preternaturally still every thing seemed—what an intensity of silence!The Island Home
- 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 preternaturally
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