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preternatural Line breaks: pre¦ter|nat¦ural
Pronunciation: /ˌpriːtəˈnatʃ(ə)r(ə)l/
(also praeternatural)

Definition of preternatural in English:


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.
supernatural, paranormal, mystical, unearthly, unworldly, other-worldly, fantastic, magical, prodigious, wonderful, wondrous, miraculous;
strange, mysterious, odd, weird


Pronunciation: /ˌpriːtəˈnatʃ(ə)rəli/
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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