nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ ˈna-chər-ə-lē How to pronounce naturally (audio) , 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

Examples of naturally in a Sentence

He's naturally able to make people feel comfortable. Cats are said to be naturally curious.
Recent Examples on the Web The point is to ease the mind so that sleep comes naturally, as opposed to replacing the beginning stages of sleep with meditation. Allure, 5 May 2022 The drama comes naturally from humans in close proximity. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 28 Apr. 2022 After all, what comes perfectly naturally to human beings is pretty challenging for AI, and what is fairly easy for AI is next to impossible for us. Jerry Levine, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Excelling in the event comes more naturally to some and requires little to no training. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 With an organization that needs some work and with the work right in front of her, the pep in her step comes naturally. Joel Lorenzi, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Apr. 2022 Bryant’s commitment to equity comes naturally, Vasquez said. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 Patience, Hegerberg would admit, is not something that comes naturally to her. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 To dance to Bach comes naturally, as Jerome Robbins, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and many others have lovingly demonstrated. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of naturally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Naturally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ ˈna-chər-ə-lē How to pronounce naturally (audio) , 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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