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[ uhn-nach-er-uhl, -nach-ruhl ]


  1. contrary to the laws or course of nature.
  2. at variance with the character or nature of a person, animal, or plant.
  3. at variance with what is normal or to be expected:

    the unnatural atmosphere of the place.

    Synonyms: aberrant, irregular

  4. lacking human qualities or sympathies; monstrous; inhuman:

    an obsessive and unnatural hatred.

    Synonyms: brutal, heartless

  5. not genuine or spontaneous; artificial or contrived:

    a stiff, unnatural manner.

  6. Obsolete. lacking a valid or natural claim; illegitimate.


/ -ˈnætʃrəl; ʌnˈnætʃərəl /


  1. contrary to nature; abnormal
  2. not in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour or right and wrong

    unnatural love

  3. uncanny; supernatural

    unnatural phenomena

  4. affected or forced

    an unnatural manner

  5. inhuman or monstrous; wicked

    an unnatural crime

  6. obsolete.

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Derived Forms

  • unˈnaturally, adverb
  • unˈnaturalness, noun

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Other Words From

  • un·natu·ral·ly adverb
  • un·natu·ral·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unnatural1

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; un- 1, natural

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Example Sentences

While many cat owners care about wildlife, they also resist such restrictions as unnatural for their cat.

Anger always seems unnatural to me, and I usually can’t sustain it for long.

The smaller your backlink profile, the more impactful any low-quality or unnatural links will be.

The answer is, you probably should just use it if you cannot get out of a manual action related to unnatural links pointing to your web site.

After all, we engage in all sorts of activities that are unnatural but good.

Death by pills or lethal injection might be unnatural, but she believes that declining nourishment and medications is not.

The group is working on inserting the unnatural base pairs in more than one spot in the cell.

Not only is post-Yanukovych Ukraine dominated by a fascist clique, it is controlled by unnatural women.

Now in his 80s, Blankenship claims to have charted out tunnels, corridors, and large, unnatural underground caverns.

Above water, unnatural animal and human interactions continue to rise.

"I congratulate you on your engagement," he said at last, looking up with a face that seemed to Bernard hard and unnatural.

But at the root of the unnatural miracles is the natural miracle—the heart of man.

Her bare shoulders looked waxen and unnatural in the weird light which shone down upon them.

Its power was surely unnatural, and, combined with his now expressionless face, made upon her an effect that was painful.

Her face was drawn and pinched, her sweet blue eyes haggard and unnatural.