Random House Dictionary
- existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial ): a natural bridge.
- based on the state of things in nature; constituted by nature: Growth is a natural process.
- of or pertaining to nature or the universe: natural beauty.
- of, pertaining to, or occupied with the study of natural science: conducting natural experiments.
- in a state of nature; uncultivated, as land.
- growing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by human hand, as vegetation.
- Origin: L. naturalis
- based on an inherent sense of right and wrong <natural justice>
- a) being in accordance with or determined by nature b) having or constituting a classification based on features existing in nature
- a) 1. begotten as distinguished from adopted ; also : legitimate 2. being a relation by actual consanguinity as distinguished from adoption <natural parents> b) illegitimate <a natural child>
- having an essential relation with someone or something : following from the nature of the one in question <his guilt is a natural deduction from the evidence>
- implanted or being as if implanted by nature : seemingly inborn <a natural talent for art>
- of or relating to nature as an object of study and research
- having a specified character by nature <a natural athlete>
- a) occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature : not marvelous or supernatural <natural causes> b) formulated by human reason alone rather than revelation <natural religion> <natural rights> c) having a normal or usual character <events followed their natural course>
- possessing or exhibiting the higher qualities (as kindliness and affection) of human nature
- a) growing without human care ; also : not cultivated <natural prairie unbroken by the plow> b) existing in or produced by nature : not artificial <natural turf> <natural curiosities> c) relating to or being natural food
- a) being in a state of nature without spiritual enlightenment : unregenerate <natural man> b) living in or as if in a state of nature untouched by the influences of civilization and society
- a) having a physical or real existence as contrasted with one that is spiritual, intellectual, or fictitious<a corporation is a legal but not a natural person> b) of, relating to, or operating in the physical as opposed to the spiritual world <natural laws describe phenomena of the physical universe>
- a) closely resembling an original : true to nature b) marked by easy simplicity and freedom from artificiality, affectation, or constraint c) having a form or appearance found in nature
- Etymology: from Latin naturalis of nature, from natura nature
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.
- Present in or produced by nature: a natural pearl.
- Of, relating to, or concerning nature: a natural environment.
- Conforming to the usual or ordinary course of nature: a natural death.
- a) Not acquired; inherent: Love of power is natural to some people. b) Having a particular character by nature: a natural leader. c) Biology Not produced or changed artificially; not conditioned: natural immunity; a natural reflex.
- Characterized by spontaneity and freedom from artificiality, affectation, or inhibitions. See synonyms at naive.
- Not altered, treated, or disguised: natural coloring; natural produce.
- Faithfully representing nature or life.
- Expected and accepted
- Established by moral certainty or conviction: natural rights.
- Being in a state regarded as primitive, uncivilized, or unregenerate.
- a) Related by blood: the natural parents of the child. b) Born of unwed parents: a natural child.
- Mathematics Of or relating to positive integers, sometimes including zero.