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

Simple Definition of natural

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of natural

  1. 1 :  based on an inherent sense of right and wrong <natural justice>

  2. 2 a :  being in accordance with or determined by nature b :  having or constituting a classification based on features existing in nature

  3. 3 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>

  4. 4 :  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>

  5. 5 :  implanted or being as if implanted by nature :  seemingly inborn <a natural talent for art>

  6. 6 :  of or relating to nature as an object of study and research

  7. 7 :  having a specified character by nature <a natural athlete>

  8. 8 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>

  9. 9 :  possessing or exhibiting the higher qualities (as kindliness and affection) of human nature <a noble … brother … ever most kind and natural — Shakespeare>

  10. 10 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

  11. 11 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

  12. 12 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>

  13. 13 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

  14. 14 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

  15. 15 :  of an off-white or beige color


play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of natural in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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



noun nat·u·ral

Simple Definition of natural

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of natural

  1. 1 :  one born without the usual powers of reason and understanding

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  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

  4. 4 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

  5. 5 :  afro

Examples of natural in a sentence

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


First Known Use of natural


NATURAL Defined for Kids


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

Definition of natural for Students

  1. 1 :  found in or produced by nature <That's her natural hair color.> <a natural lake>

  2. 2 :  being or acting as expected :  normal <a natural reaction>

  3. 3 :  present or existing at birth :  born in a person or animal <natural instincts> <natural curiosity>

  4. 4 :  having qualities or skills without training or effort <She's a natural jumper.>

  5. 5 :  occurring in the normal course of life <He died of natural causes.>

  6. 6 :  being simple and sincere <In spite of himself, M. C. warmed to Jones's easy and natural kindness … — Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins>

  7. 7 :  lifelike <The photo is very natural.>

  8. 8 :  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

  1. 1:  having, constituting, or relating to a classification based on features existing in nature

  2. 2:  of or relating to nature as an object of study and research

  3. 3:  relating to or being natural food

Law Dictionary


adjective nat·u·ral

Legal Definition of natural

  1. 1 :  based on an inherent sense of right and wrong <natural justice> — see also natural law, natural right

  2. 2a :  existing as part of or determined by nature <the natural condition of the land> b :  being in accordance with or arising from nature especially as distinguished from operation of law — see also natural person — compare artificial c :  arising from the usual course of events <a natural result of the accident>

  3. 3a :  begotten as distinguished from adopted b :  being a relation by consanguinity as distinguished from adoption <natural parents>

  4. 4 :  illegitimate <a natural child>



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