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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The last known naturally occurring case was in 1977. NBC News, "Now there's a drug to treat smallpox, just in case," 13 July 2018 Hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occuring in human bodies, is one of the most common ingredients for such injections. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Getting Lip Fillers Removed: What You Need to Know," 11 July 2018 Formic acid, another substance which occurs naturally in honey, is one of the few treatments that can kill the mites within the sealed cells of the honeycomb. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 Chromium is a naturally occurring element used in electroplating, making stainless steel, manufacturing textiles, and preserving wood. David North, Chicago Reader, "Sickened surfers say the best waves in Lake Michigan are in the polluted waters off northwest Indiana," 10 July 2018 While watching, Jones tweeted out her video reactions to the show, most of them being naturally hilarious. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Leslie Jones' 14 Best Fangirl Tweets About 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 11 July 2018 Tecumseh Here's another one that naturally trips people up upon first saying. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michiganders say these 20 pronunciations trip them up the most," 28 June 2018 So naturally, this particular reddit post made it onto another reddit thread — appropriately named r/BoneAppleTea. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, ""Florida Ceiling" Is The "Bone Apple Tea" Meme Of Home Design," 3 July 2018 Now personal finance website WalletHub has ranked the best ones nationally and South Florida naturally made the list several times. Johnny Diaz,, "Is your city among South Florida’s top beach towns?," 28 June 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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