- contrary to the laws or course of nature.
- at variance with the character or nature of a person, animal, or plant.
- at variance with what is normal or to be expected: the unnatural atmosphere of the place.
- lacking human qualities or sympathies; monstrous; inhuman: an obsessive and unnatural hatred.
- not genuine or spontaneous; artificial or contrived: a stiff, unnatural manner.
- Obsolete. lacking a valid or natural claim; illegitimate.
Origin of unnatural
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Examples from the Web for unnaturalness
Which is where the unnaturalness of “cultured” folk sometimes helps.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
This is simply infamous and Nature teaches its infamy and unnaturalness.Facts And Fictions Of Life
Helen H. Gardener
We were, of course, blissfully ignorant of the unnaturalness of the process.Birds of the Plains
It makes my tender heart bleed to think of his unnaturalness.Grif
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
My own chief objection to Morrow's story is (as I apprised him) its unnaturalness.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
- contrary to nature; abnormal
- not in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour or right and wrongunnatural love
- uncanny; supernaturalunnatural phenomena
- affected or forcedan unnatural manner
- inhuman or monstrous; wickedan unnatural crime
- obsolete illegitimate
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Word Origin and History for unnaturalness
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