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 : perverseb : lacking ease and naturalness : contrived her manner was forced and unnaturalc : inconsistent with what is reasonable or expected an unnatural alliance
unnaturallyplay \ˌən-ˈna-chə-rə-lē, -ˈnach-rə-, -ˈna-chər-\ adverb
unnaturalnessplay \ˌən-ˈna-chə-rəl-nəs, -ˈnach-rəl-\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of unnatural from the Web
In other words, taking off too much hair, creating a new unnatural hairline.
Throwing a baseball (hard) is not an unnatural act,’’ says Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek.
This all seems solidly unnatural—hence the lawsuit, which demands Sanderson be held accountable for misleading consumers.
This isn't the first time a French river has taken on an unnatural color.
Here are a few of them: Duke University: Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco Stanford University: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward Smith College:
Starring Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott and Carmen Ejogo, the film follows a man who is protecting his family from an unnatural threat, but the life he's built for them is disturbed with the arrival of another desperate family.
Who knew that bread — made with totally normal ingredients, by the way: organic unbleached wheat flour, water, sea salt, organic barley malt and yeast — could perform such an unnatural feat?
And yet even as laws expand, opponents of surrogacy, including some feminists, human rights advocates and religious conservatives, say the practice is an unnatural kind of social engineering that exploits women.
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Synonym Discussion of unnatural
UNNATURAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unnatural for English Language Learners
: 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
UNNATURAL Defined for Kids
Definition of unnatural for Students
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
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