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preternatural

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

: very unusual in a way that does not seem natural

Full Definition of PRETERNATURAL

1
:  existing outside of nature
2
:  exceeding what is natural or regular :  extraordinary <wits trained to preternatural acuteness by the debates — G. L. Dickinson>
3
:  inexplicable by ordinary means; especially :  psychic <preternatural phenomena>
pre·ter·nat·u·ral·ly \-ˈna-chə-rə-lē, ˈnach-rə-, ˈna-chər-\ adverb
pre·ter·nat·u·ral·ness \-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

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, weird, wraith

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