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natural language

[ nach-er-uhl lang-gwigzh, nach-ruhl ]
/ ˈnætʃ ər əl ˈlæŋ gwɪgʒ, ˈnætʃ rəl /
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noun

a language used as a native tongue by a group of speakers, as Arabic, English, Mandarin, etc.: Natural languages reflect cultural values like honesty or diplomacy in the manner and tone by which they communicate information.
a language that has developed and evolved naturally, through use by human beings, as opposed to an invented or constructed language, as a computer programming language (often used attributively): Natural language is characterized by ambiguity that artificial intelligence struggles to interpret.The search engine will return accurate results for keyword searches and natural language queries.Compare artificial language.

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Origin of natural language

First recorded in 1770–75 for def. 1; 1960–65 for def. 2
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British Dictionary definitions for natural language

natural language

noun

a language that has evolved naturally as a means of communication among peopleCompare artificial language, formal language
languages of this kind considered collectively
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