[ nach-er-uhl, nach-ruhl ]
/ ˈnætʃ ər əl, ˈnætʃ rəl /
existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial): a natural bridge.
based on the state of things in nature; constituted by nature: Growth is a natural process.
of or relating to nature or the universe: natural beauty.
of, relating to, or occupied with the study of natural science: conducting natural experiments.
in a state of nature; uncultivated, as land.
growing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by human hand, as vegetation.
having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives: natural food; natural ingredients.Compare organic(def 11).
having a real or physical existence, as opposed to one that is spiritual, intellectual, fictitious, etc.
of, relating to, or proper to the nature or essential constitution: natural ability.
proper to the circumstances of the case: a natural result of his greed.
free from affectation or constraint: a natural manner.
arising easily or spontaneously: a natural courtesy to strangers.
consonant with the nature or character of.
in accordance with the nature of things: It was natural that he should hit back.
based upon the innate moral feeling of humankind: natural justice.
in conformity with the ordinary course of nature; not unusual or exceptional.
happening in the ordinary or usual course of things, without the intervention of accident, violence, etc.
related only by birth; of no legal relationship; illegitimate: a natural son.
related by blood rather than by adoption.
based on what is learned from nature rather than on revelation.
true to or closely imitating nature: a natural representation.
unenlightened or unregenerate: the natural man.
being such by nature; born such: a natural fool.
- neither sharp nor flat.
- changed in pitch by the sign ♮.
not treated, tanned, refined, etc.; in its original or raw state: natural wood; natural cowhide.
(of a horn or trumpet) having neither side holes nor valves.
not tinted or colored; undyed.
having a pale tannish or grayish-yellow color, as many woods and untreated animal skins.
- being a card other than a wild card or joker.
- (of a set or sequence of cards) containing no wild cards.
having or showing feelings, as affection, gratitude, or kindness, considered part of basic human nature.
any person or thing that is or is likely or certain to be very suitable to and successful in an endeavor without much training or difficulty.
- a white key on a piano, organ, or the like.
- the sign ♮, placed before a note, canceling the effect of a previous sharp or flat.
- a note affected by a ♮, or a tone thus represented.
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OTHER WORDS FROM natural
nat·u·ral·ness, nounan·ti·nat·u·ral, adjectivean·ti·nat·u·ral·ly, adverban·ti·nat·u·ral·ness, noun
hy·per·nat·u·ral, adjectivehy·per·nat·u·ral·ly, adverbhy·per·nat·u·ral·ness, nounnon·nat·u·ral, adjectivenon·nat·u·ral·ly, adverbnon·nat·u·ral·ness, nounpre·nat·u·ral, adjectivequa·si-nat·u·ral, adjectivequa·si-nat·u·ral·ly, adverbsub·nat·u·ral, adjectivesub·nat·u·ral·ly, adverbsub·nat·u·ral·ness, nountrans·nat·ur·al, adjectivetrans·nat·ur·al·ly, adverb
Words nearby natural
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British Dictionary definitions for subnatural
/ (ˈnætʃrəl, -tʃərəl) /
of, existing in, or produced by naturenatural science; natural cliffs
in accordance with human natureit is only natural to want to be liked
as is normal or to be expected; ordinary or logicalthe natural course of events
not acquired; innatea natural gift for sport
being so through innate qualitiesa natural leader
not supernatural or strangenatural phenomena
not constrained or affected; genuine or spontaneous
not artificially dyed or coloureda natural blonde
following or resembling nature or life; lifelikeshe looked more natural without her make-up
not affected by man or civilization; uncultivated; wildin the natural state this animal is not ferocious
being or made from organic material; not synthetica natural fibre like cotton
illegitimate; born out of wedlock
not adopted but rather related by bloodher natural parents
music of or relating to a trumpet, horn, etc, without valves or keys, on which only notes of the harmonic series of the keynote can be obtained
determined by inborn convictionnatural justice; natural rights
- (of a card) not a joker or wild card
- (of a canasta or sequence) containing no wild cards
- (of a bid in bridge) describing genuine values; not conventional
based on the principles and findings of human reason and what is to be learned of God from nature rather than on revelationnatural religion
informal a person or thing regarded as certain to qualify for success, selection, etcthe horse was a natural for first place
pontoon the combination of an ace with a ten or court card when dealt to a player as his or her first two cards
obsolete an imbecile; idiot
Derived forms of naturalnaturalness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with subnatural
see under big as life.
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