Definition of natural in English:

natural

Syllabification: nat·u·ral
Pronunciation: /ˈnaCHərəl
 
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adjective

1Existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind: carrots contain a natural antiseptic that fights bacteria 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.
1.1(Of fabric) having a color 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.
2Of or in agreement with the character or makeup of, or circumstances surrounding, someone or something: sharks have no natural enemies
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  • As people encounter new circumstances, the natural tendency is to seek a skilled mentor for guidance.
  • That is a natural extension to the existing role of regulator of civil transport and airports for safety purposes.
  • As they share basic values and are not far apart in their economic development, they are essentially natural partners.
2.1 [attributive] (Of a person) born with a particular skill, quality, or ability: he was a natural entertainer
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  • 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.
Synonyms
born, naturally gifted, untaught
2.2(Of a skill, quality, or ability) coming instinctively to a person; innate: writing appears to demand muscular movements that are not natural to children
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  • 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.
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2.3(Of a person or their behavior) relaxed and unaffected; spontaneous: he replied with too much nonchalance to sound natural
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  • 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.
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unaffected, spontaneous, uninhibited, relaxed, unselfconscious, genuine, open, artless, guileless, ingenuous, unpretentious, without airs
2.4Occurring as a matter of course and without debate; inevitable: Ken was a natural choice for coach
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  • And, of course, the natural choice was for her to be drawn with a dolphin.
  • These poor deluded racists seem to think that pathologies are the natural course of events for most people.
  • During the natural course of bipolar affective disorder, relapses and recurrences are frequent.
Synonyms
reasonable, logical, understandable, (only) to be expected, predictable
2.5 [attributive] (Of law or justice) based on innate moral sense; instinctively felt to be right and fair. See also natural law.
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  • 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.
2.6 Bridge (Of a bid) straightforwardly reflecting one’s holding of cards. 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.
3 [attributive] (Of a parent or child) related by blood: such adopted children always knew who their natural parents were
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  • 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.
3.1chiefly archaic Illegitimate: the Baron left a natural son by his mistress
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  • He had had her legitimised as his natural daughter.
  • Fathers also had legal obligations to provide for their natural children.
4 Music (Of a note) not sharped or flatted: [postpositive, in combination]: 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.
4.2Of or relating 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 or unredeemed 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.

noun

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1A person regarded as having an innate gift or talent for a particular task or activity: she was a natural for the sort of television work required of her
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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.
1.1A thing that is particularly suited for something: perky musical accompaniment would seem a natural for this series
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  • Their story, combining heart-rending drama and gutsy determination, was a natural for the big screen.
  • Blackpool, with its Las Vegas aspirations and seedy seafront reality, is a natural for television drama.
  • Although it wasn't written for him, the part of Miles Massey seemed a natural for George Clooney.
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 keys on a keyboard instrument that are normally white.
3A creamy beige color.
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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 that 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.

adverb

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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.

Origin

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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