natural


natural

adjective

Definition of NATURAL

1
being such from birth or by nature <from his first visits to the wading pool, we could tell that our little boy loved water and was a natural swimmer>
Synonyms born, congenital
Antonyms nonnatural
2
closely resembling the object imitated <the diorama featuring stuffed birds and plastic plants actually looked very natural>
3
being such by blood and not by adoption or marriage <an adult adoptee who has decided to search for his natural parents>
Synonyms biological (also biologic), birth, consanguineous
Related Words legitimate
Near Antonyms illegitimate
4
being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing <her natural talent for music first became apparent when, unbidden, she started banging on a toy piano>
5
being such as found in nature and not altered by processing or refining <natural salts are not edible until they are washed and processed>
Near Antonyms filtered, pure, purified
6
existing without human habitation or cultivation <photographs of animals in their natural habitat>
Antonyms cultivated, tamed
8
relating to or characteristic of human beings <it's only natural to make mistakes—it's part of being human>
Antonyms nonhuman
9
born to a father and mother who are not married <had fathered an unknown number of natural children>
Antonyms legitimate
10
having, characterized by, or arising from a dignified and generous nature <his late grandfather was as kind and natural a man as one could ever hope to meet>
11
not civilized <a natural man, unacquainted with the blessings and burdens of society>
Antonyms civilized

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