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preternatural

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adjective pre·ter·nat·u·ral \ˌprē-tər-ˈna-chə-rəl, -ˈnach-rəl\

Simple Definition of preternatural

  • : very unusual in a way that does not seem natural

Full Definition of preternatural

  1. 1 :  existing outside of nature

  2. 2 :  exceeding what is natural or regular :  extraordinary <wits trained to preternatural acuteness by the debates — G. L. Dickinson>

  3. 3 :  inexplicable by ordinary means; especially :  psychic <preternatural phenomena>

pre·ter·nat·u·ral·ly play \-ˈna-chə-rə-lē, ˈnach-rə-, ˈna-chər-\ adverb
pre·ter·nat·u·ral·ness play \-ˈna-chə-rəl-nəs, -ˈnach-rəl-\ noun

Examples of preternatural

  1. She has a preternatural ability to charm people.

  2. There was a preternatural quiet in the house.



Origin of preternatural

Medieval Latin praeternaturalis, from Latin praeter naturam beyond nature


First Known Use: 1580

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