natural

Natural describes something that comes from nature, rather than being man-made. Your healthy friend who only eats natural food will probably choose carrots instead of potato chips for a snack.

The adjective natural is a common word with a lot of meanings. It describes anything that comes from nature, but it also means "inborn" when you describe your basketball-star friend as a natural athlete. You can also use it to talk about someone being at ease ("he tried to act natural when the police passed by") or to mean "inevitable," as when you say, "It's only natural that those two ended up getting married."

Primary Meanings of natural

1.
adj
in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature
2.
adjn
(of a musical note) being neither raised nor lowered by one chromatic semitone
a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
3.
adjn
related by blood; not adopted
someone regarded as certain to succeed
4.
n
(craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
Full Definitions of natural
1

adj in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature

“a very natural development”
“our natural environment”
natural science”
natural resources”
natural cliffs”
natural phenomena”
Synonyms:
earthy
not far removed from or suggestive of nature
Antonyms:
unnatural
not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature
affected
acted upon; influenced
violent
effected by force or injury rather than natural causes
supernatural
not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material
paranormal
not in accordance with scientific laws
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adj 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”
Synonyms:
unbleached, uncolored, undyed
not artificially colored or bleached
Antonyms:
artificial, unreal
contrived by art rather than nature
counterfeit, imitative
not genuine; imitating something superior
arranged, staged
deliberately arranged for effect
bionic
having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components
bleached, colored, coloured, dyed
(used of color) artificially produced; not natural
cardboard, unlifelike
without substance
celluloid, synthetic
artificial as if portrayed in a film
conventionalised, conventionalized, stylised, stylized
using artistic forms and conventions to create effects; not natural or spontaneous
dummy
having the appearance of being real but lacking capacity to function
ersatz, substitute
artificial and inferior
factitious
not produced by natural forces; artificial or fake
fake, false, faux, imitation, simulated
not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article
man-made, semisynthetic, synthetic
not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially
near
closely resembling the genuine article
painted
lacking substance or vitality as if produced by painting
unreal
lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
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adj (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes

natural yogurt”
natural produce”
Synonyms:
raw, rude
unprocessed
not altered from an original or natural state

adj existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical

“a perfectly natural explanation”
Synonyms:
physical
according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)
Antonyms:
supernatural
not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material
apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, phantasmal, spectral, spiritual
resembling or characteristic of a phantom
eerie
suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious
eldritch, uncanny, unearthly, weird
suggesting the operation of supernatural influences
elfin, fey
suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness
charming, magic, magical, sorcerous, witching, wizard, wizardly
possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers
marvellous, marvelous, miraculous
being or having the character of a miracle
metaphysical
without material form or substance
necromantic
given to or produced by or used in the art of conjuring up the dead
nonnatural, otherworldly, preternatural, transcendental
existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
talismanic
possessing or believed to possess magic power especially protective power
transmundane
existing or extending beyond the physical world
witchlike
being or having the character of witchcraft
unreal
lacking in reality or substance or genuineness; not corresponding to acknowledged facts or criteria
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adj 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”
Synonyms:
normal
conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal

adj free from artificiality

“a natural reaction”
Synonyms:
lifelike
unaffected
free of artificiality; sincere and genuine

adj unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct

“a cat's natural aversion to water”
Synonyms:
instinctive
self-generated, spontaneous
happening or arising without apparent external cause
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adj (of a musical note) being neither raised nor lowered by one chromatic semitone

“a natural scale”
“B natural
Antonyms:
sharp
(of a musical note) raised in pitch by one chromatic semitone
flat
(of a musical note) lowered in pitch by one chromatic semitone
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n a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat

Synonyms:
cancel
Type of:
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians
3

adj related by blood; not adopted

Synonyms:
biological
of parents and children; related by blood

adj being talented through inherited qualities

“a natural leader”
Synonyms:
born, innate
intelligent
having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree

n someone regarded as certain to succeed

“he's a natural for the job”
Type of:
achiever, succeeder, success, winner
a person with a record of successes
4

n (craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake

Type of:
cast, roll
the act of throwing dice

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