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Pronunciation: /ˈnætʃrəl/

Translation of natural in Spanish:


  • 1 (as in nature) [state/phenomenon/fiber/remedy/law] natural these animals are natural enemies estos animales son enemigos por naturaleza I'm a natural blonde soy rubia natural death from natural causes muerte (feminine) natural or por causas naturales for the rest of your natural life (por) el resto de tus días
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • This not only impairs the fair market order but also violates the natural rule of justice.
    • As Aquinas explained, law is natural because it is ‘a purpose implanted by the Divine art’.
    • Recently there has been a tendency to revive the rule, although it is no longer based on natural law.
  • 2 2.1 (innate) [talent/propensity] innatonatural to sb/sth the curiosity natural to a cat la curiosidad que le es natural a un gato 2.2 (born) (before noun/delante del nombre) [leader/troublemaker] nato, por naturaleza
    Example sentences
    • He's also a former soldier and a natural leader.
    • With tennis you need a certain amount of technique - a natural sportsman wouldn't necessarily beat you.
    • His excellent interpersonal skills and outstanding intellect make him a natural leader.
    2.3 (expected, logical) [reaction/response] natural, normal; [successor] lógico it's the natural thing to ask es normal or natural que se haga esa pregunta she's the natural choice for the job lo natural es que le ofrezcan el puesto a ella it is natural that es natural que (followed by subjunctive/seguido por subjuntivo) it's only natural that he should want to see them es natural or normal que los quiera verit's natural to + infinitive/infinitivo it's natural for a cat to do that es natural or normal que un gato haga eso
    Example sentences
    • Even if McLeish claims otherwise, it would be entirely natural for him to prioritise the Champions League over the Premierleague.
    • Boasting about how swimmingly this was going, and how much upstream clout he has, is entirely natural.
    • It is entirely natural for Indians to take pride in the successes of their erstwhile compatriots abroad.
    Example sentences
    • She knew what ingredients went into several spells, but didn't have the natural talent that enabled her to perform magic.
    • Agreed - a certain amount of natural skill is required - but that skill needs to be properly nurtured.
    • His strength is possessing skills and natural ability that no modern-era quarterback can match.
  • 3 (not forced) [warmth/enthusiasm/style] natural
    Example sentences
    • Nothing seems forced or fabricated, and the way in which they interact as families is natural and genuine.
    • It not only gives it to you raw, but its acting is flawless, very natural and spontaneous and all around very believable.
    • Perhaps this is because they mimic evolved solutions, so their behaviour seems more natural.
  • 4 4.1 (illegitimate) [archaic] [son/daughter] natural, bastardo [arcaico] 4.2 (related by blood) [child/parent] biológico
    Example sentences
    • How can I stop my parents obviously favouring their natural grandchildren?
    • Hielema has a brother who was also adopted and a sister who was a natural child of the parents who raised him.
    • Due to my natural mum having psychological problems I was put into care when I was just a few days old.
    Example sentences
    • He had had her legitimised as his natural daughter.
    • Fathers also had legal obligations to provide for their natural children.
  • 5 [Music/Música] natural
    Example sentences
    • A flat, natural, or sharp sign can be placed above it, to indicate a chromatic inflection of the upper note.
    Example sentences
    • However, a new dynamic emerges when the natural instrument is left untreated.
    • In that way it's like playing a natural trumpet without valves.
    Example sentences
    • 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.


  • 1 (person) to be a natural tener* un talento innato the new policy is a natural for the Opposition's attacks la nueva política es el blanco perfecto para los ataques de la oposición


  • act natural [colloquial/familiar] disimula

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