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natural

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1 being such from birth or by nature
  • from his first visits to the wading pool, we could tell that our little boy loved water and was a natural swimmer

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2 closely resembling the object imitated
  • the diorama featuring stuffed birds and plastic plants actually looked very natural

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3 being such by blood and not by adoption or marriage
  • an adult adoptee who has decided to search for his natural parents

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4 being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing
  • her natural talent for music first became apparent when, unbidden, she started banging on a toy piano

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5 being such as found in nature and not altered by processing or refining
  • natural salts are not edible until they are washed and processed

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6 existing without human habitation or cultivation
  • photographs of animals in their natural habitat

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8 relating to or characteristic of human beings
  • it's only natural to make mistakes—it's part of being human

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9 born to a father and mother who are not married
  • had fathered an unknown number of natural children

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10 having, characterized by, or arising from a dignified and generous nature
  • his late grandfather was as kind and natural a man as one could ever hope to meet

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11 not civilized
  • a natural man, unacquainted with the blessings and burdens of society

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natural

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Synonyms & Antonyms of natural (Entry 2 of 2)

a stupid person
  • a character depicted as a natural in the novel as indicated by his unsophisticated speech habits

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Frequently Asked Questions About natural

How does the adjective natural differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of natural are normal, regular, and typical. While all these words mean "being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average," natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being.

the natural love of a mother for her child

When is normal a more appropriate choice than natural?

Although the words normal and natural have much in common, normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected.

normal behavior for a two-year-old

When is it sensible to use regular instead of natural?

The words regular and natural can be used in similar contexts, but regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern.

the club's regular monthly meeting

Where would typical be a reasonable alternative to natural?

In some situations, the words typical and natural are roughly equivalent. However, typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality.

a typical small town

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

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“Natural.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/natural. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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