[ pree-ter-nach-er-uhl, -nach-ruhl, pre- ]
/ ˌpri tərˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl, ˌprɛ- /
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Definition of preternatural

out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal: preternatural powers.
outside of nature; supernatural.
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Origin of preternatural

First recorded in 1570–80; from Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, adjective based on Latin phrase praeter nātūram “beyond nature”; see preter-, natural

synonym study for preternatural

1. See miraculous.

OTHER WORDS FROM preternatural

pre·ter·nat·u·ral·ism, pre·ter·nat·u·ral·i·ty [pree-ter-nach-uh-ral-i-tee, pre-], /ˌpri tərˌnætʃ əˈræl ɪ ti, ˌprɛ-/, pre·ter·nat·u·ral·ness, nounpre·ter·nat·u·ral·ly, adverbun·pre·ter·nat·u·ral, adjective
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How to use preternatural in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for preternatural

/ (ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl) /

beyond what is ordinarily found in nature; abnormal
another word for supernatural

Derived forms of preternatural

preternaturally, adverbpreternaturalism, nounpreternaturalness or preternaturality, noun

Word Origin for preternatural

C16: from Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter natūram beyond the scope of nature
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