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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Volcanic rocks typically contain naturally radioactive minerals—our sugar cookie sprinkles. Erin Dimaggio, Smithsonian, "How Do Scientists Date Fossils?," 13 June 2019 Staphylococcus aureus bacteria naturally live on the skin of around 20 percent of healthy people, according to the Merck Manual. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019 Mr Piketty and others say that inequality naturally rises in capitalist countries, and that political power becomes concentrated alongside economic power in an unstable way. The Economist, "How compatible are democracy and capitalism?," 11 June 2019 De Vil’s Treat is a brownie with black and white icing, naturally. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Villains After Hours event spotlights the dark side," 11 June 2019 Feathers are obtained naturally after the bird has lived its life or unexpectedly dies in the natural course of life. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "USA TODAY NETWORK awards grants to seven Valley groups as part of giving-back initiative," 11 June 2019 The Neave Trio, which includes violinist Anna Williams and pianist Eri Nakamura, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, encourages listeners to respond naturally and ask questions. Zachary Lewis,, "Neave Trio brings women composers into foreground for ‘Underground Classical’," 10 June 2019 And remember that social skills don’t always come naturally to people. Dear Abby,, "Dear Abby: Family worries that dad’s lazy, gluttonous lifestyle will bite him in the butt," 9 June 2019 These are often dramas of his own making, with him naturally the hero. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of naturally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of naturally was in the 14th century

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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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