Definition of naturally in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnatʃ(ə)rəli/


1Without special intervention; in a natural manner: [as submodifier]: naturally curly hair
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  • Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight?
  • My most memorable feature was my quantity of fine golden hair, naturally curly but not fuzzy.
  • I put on my clothes and leave my hair to dry naturally because it goes curlier that way.
1.1In a normal manner; without exaggeration or effort: act naturally
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  • Zen monks are unique people - fanciful and bizarre, spontaneous action comes naturally to them.
  • Today is International Left-Handed Day, which I shall celebrate by being left-handed all day (something that comes naturally to me).
  • The babies with all their new-found freedom and the challenges of buoyancy, will do what comes naturally to them, surprising and delighting not just themselves but their parents too.
normally, in a natural manner/way, unaffectedly, spontaneously, genuinely, artlessly, unpretentiously
informal natural
1.2 [as submodifier] By nature: a naturally bright pupil
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  • Like many naturally bright but socially disadvantaged young men, Trevor is rebelling.
  • Her parents also provide the kind of positive role models that really help a naturally bright youngster like Katie to succeed.
  • Very few educated Westerners would argue that men are naturally brighter, wiser, and better suited for high-paid jobs than women.
1.3As a logical result: one leads naturally into the other
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  • The theoretical results presented above lead naturally to several computational applications.
  • When young students come together, the result is naturally chaos and confusion.
  • The happy result of such a decision is that it leads you naturally to support the local economy and craftspeople, who are adept at working with native materials.
2 [sentence adverb] As may be expected: naturally, I hoped for the best
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  • He was a cross between David Niven and Spike Milligan, and you never knew what to expect, so naturally we children were always delighted to see him.
  • When someone uses language that strong, you'd naturally expect him to have the facts to back up his words.
  • And naturally I don't expect agreement on that, so there's no point in arguing it.
of course, as might be expected, as you/one would expect, needless to say, not unexpectedly, as was anticipated, as a matter of course;
obviously, clearly, it goes without saying
informal natch


come naturally

(Of an action or skill) be easily accomplished, without the need for teaching or practice: for some people creative writing may come naturally
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  • Wayne said he works very much alongside the composer with what comes naturally.
  • Balan, who is 75 % blind, says massage comes naturally to him.
  • Some artists abandon what they can't do well, some knock themselves out trying to master what doesn't come naturally.

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