nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ ˈna-chər-ə-lē How to pronounce naturally (audio) , ˈnach-rə-, ˈna-chər- \

Definition of naturally

1 : by nature : by natural character or ability naturally timid
2 : according to the usual course of things : as might be expected we naturally dislike being hurt
3a : without artificial aid hair that curls naturally
b : without affectation speak naturally
4 : with truth to nature : realistically

Examples of naturally in a Sentence

He's naturally able to make people feel comfortable. Cats are said to be naturally curious.
Recent Examples on the Web The civil rights struggles in the United States and the end of colonialism in Africa came at the same time and naturally the movements dovetailed. Forrest Brown, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Extremely smart and naturally curious, these adorable furry friends can even be trained to do tricks and often times like to curl up in their human’s jacket pockets or hang out on their shoulders. The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 Though oceans naturally absorb and store heat, the pace of ocean warming is a concern because increasing temperatures in these bodies of water can contribute to ocean acidification, sea-level rise and extreme weather. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2022 Fuel from small spills can evaporate or disperse naturally in just a couple of days but larger spills can take months to degrade. CBS News, 13 Jan. 2022 Study author Patricia Brennan, an evolutionary biologist at Mount Holyoke College, examined 11 clitorises from adults, juveniles and calves of naturally deceased dolphins under the microscope and using CT scans. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Jan. 2022 Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 to 20 minutes, then do a quick release to release any remaining pressure. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 Fuel from small spills can evaporate or disperse naturally in just a couple of days but larger spills can take months to degrade. Janet Mcconnaughey And Matthew Brown, Chron, 12 Jan. 2022 And there are a lot of outdoor activities in Wisconsin that just sort of naturally lend themselves to social distancing. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of naturally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2022

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“Naturally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of naturally

used to describe something that happens or exists by itself without being controlled or changed by someone
used to say that something is expected or normal
: because of a quality or skill that a person or animal is born with


nat·​u·​ral·​ly | \ ˈna-chər-ə-lē How to pronounce naturally (audio) , ˈnach-rə-lē \

Kids Definition of naturally

1 : without anything added or changed : by natural character Fruit is naturally sweet.
2 : in the normal or expected way Naturally, you're tired from running.
3 : because of a quality present at birth Cats are naturally curious.
4 : in a way that is relaxed and normal Just speak naturally.

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