nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ˈna-chər-ə-lē, ˈnach-rə-, ˈna-chər-\

Definition of naturally 

1 : by nature : by natural character or ability naturally timid

2 : according to the usual course of things : as might be expected we naturally dislike being hurt

3a : without artificial aid hair that curls naturally

b : without affectation speak naturally

4 : with truth to nature : realistically

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Examples of naturally in a Sentence

He's naturally able to make people feel comfortable. Cats are said to be naturally curious.

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Paddlefish feed on plankton naturally found in the water, and farmers must wait at least 10 years for the fish to mature before harvesting them for their meat and eggs. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky is swimming with potential to take over the US caviar market," 28 June 2018 Such number-crunching naturally will be done during this World Cup, as well, and with good reason. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Video Review Will Make the World Cup Better, but Not Quieter," 17 June 2018 Plague has been largely eradicated in North America, but is still found naturally in the western U.S. Anna Gunther, CBS News, "Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague," 13 June 2018 Ozone is a form of oxygen found naturally in upper levels of the atmosphere, but that can cause or exacerbate breathing or heart problems when breathed in by humans. Scott Dance,, "Maryland officials press EPA to reconsider decision on upwind air pollution, threaten lawsuit," 7 June 2018 Also called mackinaw, lake trout are a predominantly fish-eating species naturally found in the Great Lakes, much of Canada and along the Eastern Seaboard. Mike Koshmrl, The Seattle Times, "Officials consider whether lake trout swam to Yellowstone," 3 June 2018 My debut album Lizzobangers was my attempt at doing what Lauryn Hill does naturally: rapping, singing, being political. Nolan Feeney, Billboard, "The Next Generation of Lauryn Hill: 16 Artists on Their Favorite 'Miseducation' Songs," 1 June 2018 When cooked at high temperatures, nitrite and nitrate preservatives may react with compounds naturally found in meat to trigger the formation of toxins called nitrosamines. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "4 Ways to Make Grilling Healthier This Summer," 1 June 2018 Pusha tweeted that Drake should go ahead and send him an invoice, so, naturally, Drake did. Sonia Rao,, "A very brief guide to the extremely long beef between Drake and Pusha T," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of naturally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of naturally

—used to describe something that happens or exists by itself without being controlled or changed by someone

—used to say that something is expected or normal

: because of a quality or skill that a person or animal is born with


nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ˈna-chər-ə-lē, ˈnach-rə-lē\

Kids Definition of naturally

1 : without anything added or changed : by natural character Fruit is naturally sweet.

2 : in the normal or expected way Naturally, you're tired from running.

3 : because of a quality present at birth Cats are naturally curious.

4 : in a way that is relaxed and normal Just speak naturally.

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