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English adjective: natural

1. natural in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature

SamplesA very natural development.
Our natural environment.
Natural science.
Natural resources.
Natural cliffs.
Natural phenomena.


See alsonatural, natural



2. natural existing in or produced by nature; not artificial or imitation

SamplesA natural pearl.
Natural gas.
Natural silk.
Natural blonde hair.
A natural sweetener.
Natural fertilizers.

Similarunbleached, uncolored, undyed

See alsonatural

Antonymsartificial, unreal

3. natural existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical

SamplesA perfectly natural explanation.



4. natural functioning or occurring in a normal way; lacking abnormalities or deficiencies

SamplesIt's the natural thing to happen.
Natural immunity.
A grandparent's natural affection for a grandchild.


Domain categorybiological science, biology

Antonymsabnormal, unnatural

5. natural (of a musical note) being neither raised nor lowered by one chromatic semitone

SamplesA natural scale.
B natural.

Domain categorymusic

Antonymsflat, sharp

6. natural unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct

SamplesA cat's natural aversion to water.
Offering to help was as instinctive as breathing.


Similarself-generated, spontaneous


7. natural (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes

SamplesNatural yogurt.
Natural produce.
Raw wool.
Raw sugar.
Bales of rude cotton.

Synonymsraw, rude



8. natural related by blood; not adopted



9. natural being talented through inherited qualities

SamplesA natural leader.
A born musician.
An innate talent.

Synonymsborn, innate


Antonymsunintelligent, stupid

10. natural free from artificiality

SamplesA lifelike pose.
A natural reaction.



Antonymsaffected, unnatural

English noun: natural

1. natural (person) someone regarded as certain to succeed

SamplesHe's a natural for the job.

Broader (hypernym)achiever, succeeder, success, winner

2. natural (communication) a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat


Broader (hypernym)musical notation

3. natural (act) (craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake

Broader (hypernym)cast, roll

Domain categorycraps

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