[uhn-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l]
- contrary to the laws or course of nature.
- at variance with the character or nature of a person, animal, or plant.
- at variance with what is normal or to be expected: the unnatural atmosphere of the place.
- lacking human qualities or sympathies; monstrous; inhuman: an obsessive and unnatural hatred.
- not genuine or spontaneous; artificial or contrived: a stiff, unnatural manner.
- Obsolete. lacking a valid or natural claim; illegitimate.
Origin of unnatural
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3. irregular, aberrant. 4. heartless, brutal.
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Examples from the Web for unnatural
Death by pills or lethal injection might be unnatural, but she believes that declining nourishment and medications is not.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation
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Not only is post-Yanukovych Ukraine dominated by a fascist clique, it is controlled by unnatural women.Want a Good Look at Putin’s Pervy Propaganda? See ‘The Furies of Maidan’
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Now in his 80s, Blankenship claims to have charted out tunnels, corridors, and large, unnatural underground caverns.Treasure Hunt to Discover Oak Island’s Mysterious Booty
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What the unnatural father would have done next, I do not know.Weighed and Wanting
For a moment she felt the full swinging of it; it did not seem at all strange or unnatural to her.The Dream
I beg of you to persist in your address—the unnatural brother called it address!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Are we to be exposed to this unnatural conduct every moment of our lives?Little Dorrit
Arthur spoke presently, his tone so calm a one as almost to be unnatural.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- contrary to nature; abnormal
- not in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour or right and wrongunnatural love
- uncanny; supernaturalunnatural phenomena
- affected or forcedan unnatural manner
- inhuman or monstrous; wickedan unnatural crime
- obsolete illegitimate
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Word Origin and History for unnatural
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