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[nach-er-uh-lee, -uh l-lee, nach-ruh-lee, -ruh l-lee]
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  1. in a natural or normal manner.
  2. by nature; innately or inherently.
  3. of course; as would be expected; needless to say.
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Origin of naturally

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at natural, -ly
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Related Words for naturally

easily, typically, generally, commonly, spontaneously, consistently, simply, uniformly, usually, instinctively, normally, candidly, casually, customarily, freely, impulsively, innocently, openly, ordinarily, readily

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  1. in a natural or normal way
  2. through nature; inherently; instinctively
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adverb, sentence substitute
  1. of course; surely
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Word Origin and History for naturally


late 13c., "inherently, intrinsically, characteristically," from natural + -ly (2). From late 14c. as "in accord with natural law;" also "normally; usually, expectedly; as a matter of course, consequently, understandably." The notion is "as a natural result." From early 15c. as "without artificial assistance, by a natural process."

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