un·​nat·​u·​ral | \ ˌən-ˈna-chə-rəl How to pronounce unnatural (audio) , -ˈnach-rəl \

Definition of unnatural

1 : not being in accordance with nature or consistent with a normal course of events
2a : not being in accordance with normal human feelings or behavior : perverse
b : lacking ease and naturalness : contrived her manner was forced and unnatural
c : inconsistent with what is reasonable or expected an unnatural alliance

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Other Words from unnatural

unnaturally \ ˌən-​ˈna-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce unnatural (audio) , -​ˈnach-​rə-​ , -​ˈna-​chər-​ \ adverb
unnaturalness \ ˌən-​ˈna-​chə-​rəl-​nəs How to pronounce unnatural (audio) , -​ˈnach-​rəl-​ \ noun

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irregular, anomalous, unnatural mean not conforming to rule, law, or custom. irregular implies not conforming to a law or regulation imposed for the sake of uniformity in method, practice, or conduct. concerned about his irregular behavior anomalous implies not conforming to what might be expected because of the class or type to which it belongs or the laws that govern its existence. her drive made her an anomalous figure in a sleepy organization unnatural suggests what is contrary to nature or to principles or standards felt to be essential to the well-being of civilized society. prisoners treated with unnatural cruelty

Examples of unnatural in a Sentence

It seems unnatural to keep the bird in a cage. She has an unnatural obsession with money. Her smile looked forced and unnatural.
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Recent Examples on the Web Those are good for allowing wearers to hear their environments, but the sound can be tinny and unnatural. Popular Science, "Bose built a new kind of workout earbud to keep you safe while you sweat," 5 Jan. 2021 However unnatural, the florals brim with vivid life. Los Angeles Times, "Roland Reiss dies at 91, leaving a 60-year legacy as L.A. artist and educator," 31 Dec. 2020 Holding his head in the same position for so long is unnatural, just plain wrong. Author: Hannah Natanson, Laura Meckler, Anchorage Daily News, "Remote school is leaving children sad and angry," 27 Nov. 2020 Surfers in the area have also complained that the sea had an unnatural smell and color. NBC News, "Investigators probe 'possible ecological catastrophe' in Russia's Kamchatka region," 4 Oct. 2020 The world of Boletaria, where Demon's Souls takes place, is an unnatural place, with monsters, people, and settings that just look a bit wrong. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic," 24 Nov. 2020 In Hong Kong, a haunted house is where an unnatural death occurred. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Blue Waving (or Drowning?)," 27 Oct. 2020 But its onset is a milestone for the canal, which earned the nickname Lavender Lake for its unnatural hue. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways," 19 Nov. 2020 Sports were as natural to me as speaking was unnatural. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Deep roots exist between Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the world of sports," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unnatural

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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14 Jan 2021

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“Unnatural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnatural. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unnatural

: different from how things usually are in the physical world or in nature
: different from what is normal in a way that is seen as wrong, disturbing, etc.
: not real


un·​nat·​u·​ral | \ ˌən-ˈna-chə-rəl How to pronounce unnatural (audio) , -ˈnach-rəl \

Kids Definition of unnatural

1 : different from what is found in nature or happens naturally
2 : different from what is usually considered normal behavior
3 : not genuine an unnatural smile

Other Words from unnatural

unnaturally adverb

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