: existing outside of nature
: exceeding what is natural or regular : extraordinary <wits trained to preternatural acuteness by the debates — G. L. Dickinson>
Examples of PRETERNATURAL
- She has a preternatural ability to charm people.
- There was a preternatural quiet in the house.
Origin of PRETERNATURAL
Medieval Latin praeternaturalis,
from Latin praeter naturam
First Known Use: 1580
Related to PRETERNATURAL
- aberrant, aberrated, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, especial, exceeding, extraordinaire, extraordinary, freak, odd, peculiar, phenomenal, exceptional, rare, singular, uncommon, uncustomary, unique, unusual, unwonted
- common, customary, normal, ordinary, typical, unexceptional, unextraordinary, usual
Rhymes with PRETERNATURAL
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