[ pree-ter-nach-er-uh-lee, -nach-ruh-lee, pre- ]


  1. in a way or to a degree that is beyond the ordinary course of nature; exceptionally or abnormally:

    Her voice, preternaturally deep, resonated off the walls like a terrible storm.

  2. in a supernatural way or to a supernatural degree:

    The demons in this movie are of course preternaturally strong.

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  • un·pre·ter·nat·u·ral·ly adverb
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Example Sentences

After the preternaturally meticulous and patient Franklin made a name for herself in crystallography, she was hired to deconstruct DNA at King’s College.

For all his preternatural ability, Jornet seems to feel almost guilty about his talents.

Unlike the Hollywood version of genius, which is preternaturally cerebral, Hitchens was preternaturally visceral.

For the most part, however, she proved completely, almost preternaturally unflappable.

For the record, her long, golden locks are as preternaturally perfect as ever.

She was preternaturally animated and demonstrative at the station—your sex's little guileful way ever since the world began.

Then she had almost fallen, and had declared him to be preternaturally cruel.

Far from it; he is a cleanly—almost a godly-hog, preternaturally fair of exterior, and eke fastidious of appetite.

Her complexion grew transparent, her eye preternaturally bright.

But John was violently wrought upon; and most impressed of all was the small but preternaturally precocious Valeria.