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Definitions for unnatural
ʌnˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəlun·nat·u·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unnaturaladjective

    not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature

    "an unnatural death"; "the child's unnatural interest in death"

  2. abnormal, unnaturaladjective

    not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm

    "abnormal powers of concentration"; "abnormal amounts of rain"; "abnormal circumstances"; "an abnormal interest in food"

  3. affected, unnaturaladjective

    speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression


  1. unnaturaladjective

    Not natural; supernatural or artificial.

  2. unnaturaladjective

    Going against nature; perverse.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unnaturaladjective

    Her offence
    Must be of such unnatural degree,
    That monsters it. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    People of weak heads on the one hand, and vile affections on the other, have made an unnatural divorce between being wise and good. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    ’Tis irreverent and unnatural, to scoff at the infirmities of old age. Roger L'Estrange.

    Rome, whose gratitude
    Tow’rds her deserving children, is enroll’d
    In Jove’s own book, like an unnatural dam,
    Should now eat up her own. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    If the tyrant were, to a son so noble, so unnatural,
    What will he be to us? John Denham, Sophy.

    They admire only glittering trifles, that in a serious poem are nauseous, because they are unnatural. Would any man, who is ready to die for love, describe his passion like Narcissus? Dryden.

    In an heroic poem, two kinds of thoughts are carefully to be avoided; the first, are such as are affected and unnatural; the second, such as are mean and vulgar. Addison.


  1. unnatural

    Unnatural refers to something that is not in accordance with, not derived from, or not conformable to nature or the existing patterns or laws of nature. This can include phenomena, actions, or attributes that are considered strange, abnormal, artificial, or not expected within the biological, physical, or habitual norms. It may also refer to behaviors or conditions considered outside the norm, unusual or in violation of traditional societal or ethical standards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unnaturaladjective

    not natural; contrary, or not conforming, to the order of nature; being without natural traits; as, unnatural crimes

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unnatural

    un-nat′ū-ral, adj. not natural or according to nature: without natural affection.—v.t. Unnat′uralise.—adj. Unnat′uralised, not naturalised.—ns. Unnat′uralism, Unnatural′ity.—adv. Unnat′urally.—n. Unnat′uralness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unnatural in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unnatural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of unnatural in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Garfield:

    It's like that hustle culture thing, and it's not conducive to good mental health I would argue, but also it's not conducive to one's true self in a way because you're constantly chasing something outside or rules that have been placed upon you from the outside, i think it's unnatural to feel the pressure to be constantly making things.Inevitably you're going to start making things that must feel more mass-produced or feel less authentic to you or less, you know, from your own soul.

  2. Charlie Kaufman:

    I think stop motion animation adds kind of a handmade, dream-like, sort of broken quality. We really wanted to focus on the hand-made aspect of it, that's why we kept the seams, and that's why we kept the chatter and the clothing, and the sort of like slightly unnatural way that the characters move. It makes them feel fragile.

  3. John Updike:

    The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you.

  4. Link Starbureiy:

    Marriage is unnatural; only the human being would commit to something that it doesn't trust.

  5. Edgar Mitchell:

    There are no unnatural or supernatural phenomena, only very large gaps in our knowledge of what is natural… We should strive to fill those gaps of ignorance.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    A monish
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