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Definition of "natural" []

  • Present in or produced by nature: a natural pearl. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or concerning nature: a natural environment. (adjective)
  • Conforming to the usual or ordinary course of nature: a natural death. (adjective)
  • Not acquired; inherent: Love of power is natural to some people. (adjective)
  • Having a particular character by nature: a natural leader. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "natural" in a sentence
  • "Not because so many Americans are ignorant bible-thumping bigots, but because they have a healthy and natural aversion to homosexuality - an aversion *placed there by nature* because it isn't *natural* for people of the same gender to have sexual relations."
  • "It might be thought that there is nothing that can be done to begin a discussion of natural law theory in ethics other than to stipulate a meaning for ˜natural law theory™ and to proceed from there."
  • "Most often, ˜non-naturalism™ denotes the metaphysical thesis that moral properties exist and are not identical with or reducible to any natural property or properties in some interesting sense of ˜natural™."