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adjective nat·u·ral \ˈna-chə-rəl, ˈnach-rəl\

: existing in nature and not made or caused by people : coming from nature

: not having any extra substances or chemicals added : not containing anything artificial

: usual or expected

Full Definition of NATURAL

:  based on an inherent sense of right and wrong <natural justice>
a :  being in accordance with or determined by nature
b :  having or constituting a classification based on features existing in nature
a (1) :  begotten as distinguished from adopted; also :  legitimate (2) :  being a relation by actual consanguinity as distinguished from adoption <natural parents>
b :  illegitimate <a natural child>
:  having an essential relation with someone or something :  following from the nature of the one in question <his guilt is a natural deduction from the evidence>
:  implanted or being as if implanted by nature :  seemingly inborn <a natural talent for art>
:  of or relating to nature as an object of study and research
:  having a specified character by nature <a natural athlete>
a :  occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature :  not marvelous or supernatural <natural causes>
b :  formulated by human reason alone rather than revelation <natural religion> <natural rights>
c :  having a normal or usual character <events followed their natural course>
:  possessing or exhibiting the higher qualities (as kindliness and affection) of human nature <a noble … brother … ever most kind and natural — Shakespeare>
a :  growing without human care; also :  not cultivated <natural prairie unbroken by the plow>
b :  existing in or produced by nature :  not artificial <natural turf> <natural curiosities>
c :  relating to or being natural food
a :  being in a state of nature without spiritual enlightenment :  unregenerate <natural man>
b :  living in or as if in a state of nature untouched by the influences of civilization and society
a :  having a physical or real existence as contrasted with one that is spiritual, intellectual, or fictitious <a corporation is a legal but not a natural person>
b :  of, relating to, or operating in the physical as opposed to the spiritual world <natural laws describe phenomena of the physical universe>
a :  closely resembling an original :  true to nature
b :  marked by easy simplicity and freedom from artificiality, affectation, or constraint
c :  having a form or appearance found in nature
a :  having neither flats nor sharps <the natural scale of C major>
b :  being neither sharp nor flat
c :  having the pitch modified by the natural sign
:  of an off-white or beige color
nat·u·ral·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of NATURAL

  1. furniture made of natural materials
  2. The river forms a natural boundary between the two countries.
  3. natural foods like whole grain bread and fresh vegetables
  4. Gray hair is one of the natural consequences of getting older.
  5. a natural increase in the population
  6. the natural course of the disease
  7. It's perfectly natural to feel nervous before a test.

Origin of NATURAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French naturel, from Latin naturalis of nature, from natura nature
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of NATURAL

natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation. natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world <her unaffected, natural manner>. ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions <the ingenuous enthusiasm of children>. naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence <politically naive>. unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness <unsophisticated adolescents>. artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others <artless charm>.
synonyms see in addition regular



: someone who is good at doing something from the first time it is done : someone who has a natural ability to do something

: someone or something that is suited for a particular job, purpose, etc.

: a musical note that is neither sharp nor flat

Full Definition of NATURAL

:  one born without the usual powers of reason and understanding
a :  a sign placed on any degree of the musical staff to nullify the effect of a preceding sharp or flat
b :  a note or tone affected by the natural sign
:  a result or combination that immediately wins the stake in a game; specifically :  a throw of 7 or 11 on the first cast in craps
a :  one having natural skills, talents, or abilities
b :  something that is likely to become an immediate success
c :  one that is obviously suitable for a specific purpose
:  afro

Examples of NATURAL

  1. <European explorers had a tendency to view the nonwhite peoples they encountered as uncivilized naturals.>

First Known Use of NATURAL

NATURALNESS Defined for Kids


adjective nat·u·ral \ˈna-chə-rəl, ˈnach-rəl\

Definition of NATURAL for Kids

:  found in or produced by nature <That's her natural hair color.> <a natural lake>
:  being or acting as expected :  normal <a natural reaction>
:  present or existing at birth :  born in a person or animal <natural instincts> <natural curiosity>
:  having qualities or skills without training or effort <She's a natural jumper.>
:  occurring in the normal course of life <He died of natural causes.>
:  being simple and sincere <In spite of himself, M. C. warmed to Jones's easy and natural kindness … — Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins>
:  lifelike <The photo is very natural.>
:  not raised or lowered in musical pitch using a sharp or flat
Medical Dictionary


adjective nat·u·ral \ˈnach-(ə-)rəl\

Medical Definition of NATURAL

:  having, constituting, or relating to a classification based on features existing in nature
:  of or relating to nature as an object of study and research
:  relating to or being natural food


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