[ nach-er-uh-lee, -uh l-lee, nach-ruh-lee, -ruh l-lee ]
/ ˈnætʃ ər ə li, -əl li, ˈnætʃ rə li, -rəl li /


in a natural or normal manner.
by nature; innately or inherently.
of course; as would be expected; needless to say.

Nearby words

  1. naturalistic fallacy,
  2. naturality,
  3. naturalization,
  4. naturalize,
  5. naturalized,
  6. naturalness,
  7. nature,
  8. nature conservancy council,
  9. nature reserve,
  10. nature strip

Origin of naturally

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at natural, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for naturally


/ (ˈnætʃrəlɪ, -tʃərə-) /


in a natural or normal way
through nature; inherently; instinctively

adverb, sentence substitute

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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