natural language

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



In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

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


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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