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

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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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Another theory is that taking CBD allows our own naturally produced cannabinoids to stick around in our bodies longer, prolonging the calming effect. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, "Does CBD Oil Work for Anxiety? I Tried It to Find Out," 13 May 2019 The researchers, in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, saved the patient with the help of bacteria-destroying viruses known as bacteriophages that occur naturally and are the most populous organisms on the planet. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Genetically Engineered Viruses Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Infection," 8 May 2019 White is a brilliant color for doing precisely that, as the human eye is naturally drawn to sources of light, which white reflects more powerfully than other hues. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Simplicity of White," 1 May 2019 And feel naturally inclined to put that into our work. Deborah Vankin,, "Jessica Biel discusses earning her first Emmy nomination for 'The Sinner'," 12 July 2018 As the season finale, this could be a decisive road game with naturally built in Playoff repercussions for both teams. 2. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 Hopper recommends using its app (naturally) to find the best discounts. Condé Nast Traveler, "'Travel Deal Tuesday' Is Like Black Friday for Flights," 12 Nov. 2018 The PowerLock technology also helps your hand go naturally into a fist which an inexperienced boxer like myself very much appreciates. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Got New Boxing Gloves, So I Bought New Boxing Gloves," 1 Feb. 2019 This has been such a sweet time for moms and daughters, and having a boy there is naturally going to change things. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Excluding boy, mom from playground fun rated ‘terrible’," 15 Oct. 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 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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