natural

adjective
nat·​u·​ral | \ ˈna-chə-rəl How to pronounce natural (audio) , ˈnach-rəl \

Essential Meaning of natural

1 : existing in nature and not made or caused by people : coming from nature natural silk furniture made of natural materials See More ExamplesThe river forms a natural boundary between the two countries. That's not his natural hair color. [=he dyes his hair] a natural lake [=a lake that is not man-made] She prefers to use natural light [=light from the sun] when taking photographs. a country rich in natural resources [=a country that has many valuable plants, animals, minerals, etc.] learning more about the natural world [=animals, plants, etc.]Hide
2 : not having any extra substances or chemicals added : not containing anything artificial natural soap/yogurt natural foods like whole grain bread and fresh vegetables Our bakery uses all-natural ingredients. [=ingredients that are from nature and not artificial]
3 : usual or expected : normal Gray hair is one of the natural consequences of getting older. a natural increase in the population See More Examplesthe natural course of the disease It's perfectly/only natural to feel nervous before a test. He died of natural causes. [=he died because he was ill or old and not by being killed in an accident, battle, etc.]Hide

Full Definition of natural

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1 : based on an inherent sense of right and wrong natural justice
2a : being in accordance with or determined by nature natural impulses
b : having or constituting a classification based on features existing in nature
3a(1) : begotten as distinguished from adopted their natural son also : legitimate
(2) : being a relation by actual consanguinity as distinguished from adoption natural parents
b : born to parents not married to each other a natural child
4 : having an essential relation with someone or something : following from the nature of the one in question his guilt is a natural deduction from the evidence
5 : implanted or being as if implanted by nature : seemingly inborn a natural talent for art
6 : of or relating to nature as an object of study and research natural observations
7 : having a specified character by nature a natural athlete a natural leader
8a : occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature : not marvelous or supernatural natural causes died a natural death
b : formulated by human reason alone rather than revelation natural religion natural rights
c : having a normal or usual character events followed their natural course
9 : possessing or exhibiting the higher qualities (such as kindliness and affection) of human nature a noble … brother … ever most kind and natural— William Shakespeare
10a : growing without human care also : not cultivated natural prairie unbroken by the plow
b : existing in or produced by nature : not artificial natural turf natural curiosities
c : relating to or being natural food
11a : being in a state of nature without spiritual enlightenment : unregenerate natural man
b : living in or as if in a state of nature untouched by the influences of civilization and society
12a : having a physical or real existence as contrasted with one that is spiritual, intellectual, or fictitious a corporation is a legal but not a natural person
b : of, relating to, or operating in the physical as opposed to the spiritual world natural laws describe phenomena of the physical universe
13a : closely resembling an original : true to nature
b : marked by easy simplicity and freedom from artificiality, affectation, or constraint Successful people are genuine and natural rather than synthetic and imitative.— Gilbert Seldes
c : having a form or appearance found in nature natural hair
14a : having neither flats nor sharps the natural scale of C major
b : being neither sharp nor flat natural musical notes
c : having the pitch modified by the natural sign
15 : of an off-white or beige color

natural

noun

Definition of natural (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one born without the usual powers of reason and understanding
2a : a sign ♮ placed on any degree of the musical staff to nullify the effect of a preceding sharp or flat
b : a note or tone affected by the natural sign
3 : a result or combination that immediately wins the stake in a game: such as
a : a throw of 7 or 11 on the first cast in craps
4a : one having natural skills, talents, or abilities
b : something that is likely to become an immediate success
c : one that is obviously suitable for a specific purpose
5 : afro

Other Words from natural

Adjective

naturalness \ ˈna-​chə-​rəl-​nəs How to pronounce natural (audio) , ˈnach-​rəl \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for natural

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Adjective

natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation. natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world. her unaffected, natural manner ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions. the ingenuous enthusiasm of children naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence. politically naive unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness. unsophisticated adolescents artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others. artless charm

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Examples of natural in a Sentence

Adjective furniture made of natural materials The river forms a natural boundary between the two countries. natural foods like whole grain bread and fresh vegetables Gray hair is one of the natural consequences of getting older. a natural increase in the population the natural course of the disease It's perfectly natural to feel nervous before a test. Noun European explorers had a tendency to view the nonwhite peoples they encountered as uncivilized naturals.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With this particular coronavirus, your immune response is better with a vaccine than with a natural infection, Vermund said. Jen Christensen, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Many common ornamental plants, such as Japanese barberry and burning bush, create serious environmental problems in natural areas outside your garden. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 2 Jan. 2022 It’s a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 27 distinct gardens and four natural areas. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 What the museum doesn’t want to do with its natural areas is compromise the biodiversity represented at the various sites. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 26 Dec. 2021 Broward County neighborhood open-space parks, and natural areas will be closed on Dec. 25. Cindy Kent, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Dec. 2021 Sette and colleagues are actively studying how immune responses from vaccination or natural infection fare against Omicron. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021 Unlike prospects from Canada, the Upper Midwest or the Northeast, Californian ice hockey talents rarely have natural areas to practice. Andy Yamashita, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Dec. 2021 That’s because antibodies generated by both vaccination and natural infection rely, at least in part, on defenses built against COVID-19’s spike proteins. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 14 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mozart sets these words to an ascending major sixth, starting from the dominant, D natural. Matthew Aucoin, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 The intrigues played and secrets kept in Dune make this kind of game a natural for a licensed game and Dune: Betrayal fits the genre nicely. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 First, there’s the impeccable hot dog ($3.62), which features a snappy natural-casing Vienna Beef sausage topped with just mustard, relish, onions and sport peppers. Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2021 But with vaccination levels lagging in Black and Brown communities, the program seemed a natural to persuade those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic but are often reluctant to get shots. Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 But with vaccination levels lagging in Black and Brown communities, the program seemed a natural to persuade those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic but are often reluctant to get shots. Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 But with vaccination levels lagging in Black and Brown communities, the program seemed a natural to persuade those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic but are often reluctant to get shots. Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 But with vaccination levels lagging in Black and Brown communities, the program seemed a natural to persuade those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic but are often reluctant to get shots. Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2021 Vaccination levels lag in Black and Brown communities, among others, and the barbershop initiative is seen as a natural to persuade those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic but are often reluctant to get shots. Washington Post, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of natural

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for natural

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French naturel, from Latin naturalis of nature, from natura nature

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The first known use of natural was in the 13th century

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10 Jan 2022

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More Definitions for natural

natural

adjective
nat·​u·​ral | \ ˈna-chə-rəl How to pronounce natural (audio) , ˈnach-rəl \

Kids Definition of natural

1 : found in or produced by nature That's her natural hair color. a natural lake
2 : being or acting as expected : normal a natural reaction
3 : present or existing at birth : born in a person or animal natural instincts natural curiosity
4 : having qualities or skills without training or effort She's a natural jumper.
5 : occurring in the normal course of life He died of natural causes.
6 : being simple and sincere In spite of himself, M. C. warmed to Jones's easy and natural kindness …— Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins the Great
7 : lifelike The photo is very natural.
8 : not raised or lowered in musical pitch using a sharp or flat
9 : related by blood

natural

adjective
nat·​u·​ral | \ ˈnach-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce natural (audio) \

Medical Definition of natural

1 : having, constituting, or relating to a classification based on features existing in nature
2 : of or relating to nature as an object of study and research
3 : relating to or being natural food

natural

adjective
nat·​u·​ral

Legal Definition of natural

1 : based on an inherent sense of right and wrong natural justice — see also natural law, natural right
2a : existing as part of or determined by nature the natural condition of the land
b : being in accordance with or arising from nature especially as distinguished from operation of law — see also natural person — compare artificial
c : arising from the usual course of events a natural result of the accident
3a : begotten as distinguished from adopted
b : being a relation by consanguinity as distinguished from adoption natural parents
4 : illegitimate a natural child

Other Words from natural

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