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Definitions of natural

  1. being talented through inherited qualities; " a natural leader"; " a born musician"; " an innate talent"
  2. a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
  3. unthinking; prompted by ( or as if by) instinct; " a cat's natural aversion to water"; " offering to help was as instinctive as breathing"
  4. unaffected and natural looking; " a lifelike pose"; " a natural reaction"
  5. ( in craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
  6. someone regarded as certain to succeed; " he's a natural for the job"
  7. related by blood; not adopted; " natural parent"
  8. in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature; " a very natural development"; " our natural environment"; " natural science"; " natural resources"; " natural cliffs"; " natural phenomena"
  9. existing in or produced by nature; not artificial or imitation; " a natural pearl"; " natural gas"; " natural silk"; " natural blonde hair"; " a natural sweetener"; " natural fertilizers"
  10. existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical; " a perfectly natural explanation"
  11. ( biology) functioning or occurring in a normal way; lacking abnormalities or deficiencies; " it's the natural thing to happen"; " natural immunity"; " a grandparent's natural affection for a grandchild"
  12. ( used especially of commodities) in the natural unprocessed condition; " natural yogurt"; " natural produce"; " raw wool"; " raw sugar"; " bales of rude cotton"
  13. ( craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
  14. of a key containing no sharps or flats; " B natural"
  15. functioning or occurring in a normal way; lacking abnormalities or deficiencies; " it's the natural thing to happen"; " natural immunity"; " a grandparent's natural affection for a grandchild"
  16. Naturally.
  17. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential; characteristic; not artifical, foreign, assumed, put on, or acquired; as, the natural growth of animals or plants; the natural motion of a gravitating body; natural strength or disposition; the natural heat of the body; natural color.
  18. Conformed to the order, laws, or actual facts, of nature; consonant to the methods of nature; according to the stated course of things, or in accordance with the laws which govern events, feelings, etc.; not exceptional or violent; legitimate; normal; regular; as, the natural consequence of crime; a natural death.
  19. Having to do with existing system to things; dealing with, or derived from, the creation, or the world of matter and mind, as known by man; within the scope of human reason or experience; not supernatural; as, a natural law; natural science; history, theology.
  20. Conformed to truth or reality
  21. Having the character or sentiments properly belonging to one's position; not unnatural in feelings.
  22. Connected by the ties of consanguinity.
  23. Begotten without the sanction of law; born out of wedlock; illegitimate; bastard; as, a natural child.
  24. Produced by natural organs, as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music.
  25. Of or pertaining to a key which has neither a flat nor a sharp for its signature, as the key of C major.
  26. Applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key.
  27. A native; an aboriginal.
  28. Natural gifts, impulses, etc.
  29. One born without the usual powers of reason or understanding; an idiot.
  30. Springing from true sentiment; not artifical or exaggerated; - said of action, delivery, etc.; as, a natural gesture, tone, etc.
  31. Resembling the object imitated; true to nature; according to the life; - said of anything copied or imitated; as, a portrait is natural.
  32. Belonging to, to be taken in, or referred to, some system, in which the base is 1; - said or certain functions or numbers; as, natural numbers, those commencing at 1; natural sines, cosines, etc., those taken in arcs whose radii are 1.
  33. gifts, impulses, etc.
  34. A character [] used to contradict, or to remove the effect of, a sharp or flat which has preceded it, and to restore the unaltered note.
  35. In music, a sign used to correct the power of a preceding sharp or flat; the tone or note so affected.
  36. Naturalness.
  37. Pertaining to, produced by, or according to nature: inborn; not far- fetched: not acquired: tender: unaffected: illegitimate: ( music) according to the usual diatonic scale.
  38. An idiot: ( music) a character which removes the effect of a preceding sharp or flat.
  39. Pertaining to, produced by, or according to, nature, not affected or artificial.
  40. Pertaining to nature or to one's nature; produced by nature; not affected or artificial; normal; common.
  41. Naturalism.
  42. A note affected by neither a sharp nor a flat; also, the character. Which acts upon a sharped note as a flat, and upon a flatted note as a sharp.
  43. Pertaining to, produced by, by way of, or in course of, nature; not artificial; not farfetched; such as nature dictates; according to the life; consonant to nature: derived from nature; discoverable by reason; affectionate by nature; unaffected; unassumed; illegitimate; native; vernacular.
  44. An idiot; a character corrective of the previous power of a sharp or flat A natural note, one which is according to the usual order of the scale Natural history, a description of the earth and its productions. Natural orders of plants, groups of genera resembling each other. Natural philosophy, the study of nature in general; physics. Natural science, the science of things physical as distinct from things psychical, logical, and ethical.
  45. Produced or effected by nature; derived from nature; not acquired; not artificial; true to life; not forced or far- fetched; dictated by nature; happening in the ordinary course of things; not revealed, as religion.
  46. One born destitute of the ordinary powers of reason and understanding; an idiot; in music, a character, marked thus used to correct the previous power of a sharp or flat.
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Usage examples for natural

  1. It was so natural. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. There is, after all, nothing more natural than a king. – Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by H. N. Brailsford
  3. There must be some natural reason. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  4. " It is quite natural that he should not wish to remain away long from a city where he has left a wife and a mistress. – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  5. Your way of thinking is natural, my lady, till you better know me and my duty. – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  6. Tell him that I and Percy ask him to come and live here from to- morrow morning for the rest of his natural life. – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  7. Is a very natural one. – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy
  8. Well, swimming comes natural to snakes. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  9. It was no natural object. – The Secret of the Ninth Planet by Donald Allen Wollheim
  10. And it's very natural and quite right of you to wonder. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  11. The natural results follow. – The Comstock Club by Charles Carroll Goodwin
  12. " It's only natural you should fight for your father," I went on. – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  13. But it was natural enough. – The Settlers at Home by Harriet Martineau
  14. It's all right, Riggleton, he said, and no doubt you've done the natural thing. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  15. That would make it perfectly easy and natural. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins
  16. He lay now in a natural sleep, but he must be kept very quiet. – The Readjustment by Will Irwin
  17. Natural enough, isn't it, that a man should want his own child to come and look after him?" – The Story of Jessie by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  18. It is difficult for us to understand how very far our lives are from being natural. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  19. It was quite natural, quite; only it showed that it was all over with me. – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
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