Definition of natural in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈnatʃ(ə)r(ə)l


  • 1Existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind: carrots contain a natural antiseptic natural disasters such as earthquakes
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    • These events are unrelated, and humankind's vulnerability to natural hazards is as old as our species.
    • The natural medicine, derived from onions, is mixed with water and given to Paul through his feeding tube.
    • The challenge was to make the most of the space and improve the existing flow of natural light.
  • 1.1Having had a minimum of processing or preservative treatment: natural food our nutritional products are completely natural
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    • A positive way to combat the state of our children's diets is to opt for natural, unprocessed foods.
    • Vegetables with a natural preservative, clay, are well sought after.
    • A natural doctor can assist with nutritional recommendations and natural allergy treatments.
    unprocessed, organic, pure, wholesome, unrefined, pesticide-free, chemical-free, additive-free, unbleached, unmixed, real, plain, virgin, crude, raw
  • 1.2(Of fabric) having a colour characteristic of the unbleached and undyed state; off-white.
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    • Aged patina and marble finishes on fabrics will give subtle understated looks to natural fabrics.
    • In the living room, a large multipaned window swagged in natural linen takes center stage.
    • She pinched her cheeks to give them a little more natural colour and moved to leave her room.
  • 4 Music (Of a note) not sharp or flat: the bassoon plays G natural instead of A flat
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    • A flat, natural, or sharp sign can be placed above it, to indicate a chromatic inflection of the upper note.
  • 4.1(Of a brass instrument) having no valves and able to play only the notes of the harmonic series above a fundamental note.
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    • However, a new dynamic emerges when the natural instrument is left untreated.
    • In that way it's like playing a natural trumpet without valves.
  • 4.2Relating to the notes and intervals of the harmonic series.
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    • Perhaps it's the natural harmony in the male-female vocal.
    • A natural harmony singer, she fills that void that a single voice can often leave open.
  • 5 Christian Theology Relating to earthly human or physical nature as distinct from the spiritual or supernatural realm.
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    • From the Renaissance onwards, study of the natural realm was increasingly distinguished from metaphysics.
    • They can exist in material objects, the natural world, spiritual realms, or all of the above.
    • Distinguishing between true and false in this realm is like distinguishing between straight and crooked in the natural realm.
  • 6 Bridge (Of a bid) straightforwardly reflecting one’s holding of cards: his bid of one heart was natural and positive Often contrasted with conventional or artificial.
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    • This means players cannot take discard pile unless they have two natural cards of that type in hand.
    • You can only take the discard pile if you have a pair of natural cards in your hand which are of the same rank as the top card of the discard pile.
    • Wild cards (jokers and twos) can normally be used in melds as substitutes for natural cards of the appropriate rank.


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  • 1A person having an innate talent for a particular task or activity: she was a natural for television work
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    • Shannon's looks, which he thoroughly capitalized on, made him a natural for television.
    • For all his appeal, Spidey never seemed a natural for the screen.
    • Then project leader believes Steve is a natural for the job.
  • 2 Music A sign (♮) denoting a natural note when a previous sign or the key signature would otherwise demand a sharp or a flat.
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    • Such appearances certainly suggest that the e flat in ex.3 is no scribal error for e natural.
  • 2.1A natural note.
  • 2.2Any of the longer, lower keys on a keyboard instrument that are normally white.
  • 3 [mass noun] An off-white colour: colour for the summer is defined by the trend towards naturals
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    • Colours are powdered pastels, warm naturals, primary colours and unusual accents.
    • I mean, you can see there's a lot of pink in here, accented by naturals.
    • The shop was a sea of cornflower blues and shocking reds, mellow naturals and pastels and mysterious blacks.
  • 4A hand of cards, throw of dice, or other result which wins immediately, in particular:
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    • You must have 2 naturals then you can play as many wild cards as you would like.
    • A two-card hand of nine or a two-card hand of eight are considered naturals and do not take any hits.
  • 4.1A hand of two cards making 21 in the first deal in blackjack and similar games.
  • 4.2A first throw of 7 or 11 at craps.
  • 5 Fishing An insect or other small creature used as bait, rather than an artificial imitation.
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    • When fishing such waters, under such conditions a better option is to go for smaller baits, either naturals or particles.
    • Small imitation naturals and light tippets should be used when fishing low, clear water.
    • Try the shrimp he said, referring to the purple natural, not the fly.
  • 6 archaic A person born with a learning disability.
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    • They were deficient, but probably not to the extent that they might be called naturals or idiots.


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  • Naturally: keep walking—just act natural
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    • She is German, unused to the Hollywood tradition of Barbie-esque perfection, and acts natural.
    • Ry's going to carry scars about that for the rest of her life no matter how natural she might act.


Middle English (in the sense 'having a certain status by birth'): from Old French, from Latin naturalis, from natura 'birth, nature, quality' (see nature).

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