Definition of preternatural in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprēdərˈnaCH(ə)rəl/


Beyond what is normal or natural: autumn had arrived with preternatural speed
More example sentences
  • Harte's stories, in their matter-of-fact referencing of the preternatural and supernatural, and in their blending of the fantastic and the mundane may be seen as affiliates of Magic Realism.
  • Abruptly, Beth and the other vampire joined the fray, fighting with teeth as well as preternatural speed and strength.
  • The assistant moves with preternatural delicacy, and speed, and soon the ant is seated.
extraordinary, exceptional, unusual, uncommon, singular, unprecedented, remarkable, phenomenal, abnormal, inexplicable, unaccountable;
strange, mysterious, fantastic



Pronunciation: /-ˈnaCH(ə)rəˌlizəm/


Pronunciation: /ˌpredərˈnaCH(ə)rəlē/
Pronunciation: /ˌprēdərˈnaCH(ə)rəlē/
Example sentences
  • As they approach that limit they become preternaturally intelligent and violently paranoiac.
  • Looking from the outside in, they view design as preternaturally flawed, subject to fluctuating markets and consequent shifts in personal taste, economic stability and technological change.
  • But later, when they're over-rehearsed into being preternaturally wise and all-seeing, they start to cloy.

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Syllabification: pre·ter·nat·u·ral

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