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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The result is degradation of the tree’s base and an unnatural lack of vegetation around it. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Yet other high-end sound effects often receive an unnatural emphasis, like the pounding of a kick drum being drawn out in a piercing manner, as if a shoe is directly stomping on my ear. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 28 July 2022 Included in Sephora's 'Clean' campaign, this product is free from parabens, phthalates and a number of other unnatural ingredients found in other beauty products. Alyssa Brascia, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 But in modern times, thanks to humanity’s meddling with the climate and the landscape, these fires have ballooned into unnatural beasts that instead obliterate ecosystems. Wired, 21 July 2022 On the downside, some users complain the Arc-Chill fabric side is too slippery with an unnatural feel. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 5 July 2022 The brand’s use of high-pressure processing eliminates the need for unnatural fillers and preservatives. Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 But his wife, Anastasiya, had heard something more unsettling: an unnatural, metallic crunch. New York Times, 23 June 2022 She was portrayed as an unnatural woman, bloodthirsty, out to emasculate all the men around her. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unnatural

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unnatural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unnatural. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unnatural


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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