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[nach-er-uh-lee, -uh l-lee, nach-ruh-lee, -ruh l-lee] /ˈnætʃ ər ə li, -əl li, ˈnætʃ rə li, -rəl li/
in a natural or normal manner.
by nature; innately or inherently.
of course; as would be expected; needless to say.
Origin of naturally
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see natural, -ly Unabridged
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  • naturally enough what he tried to do was to imitate the action of the hand in sewing.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • He was not naturally bad, but he had fallen a victim to sudden temptation.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • It is chiefly from the wealthy that the ranks of the pessimists are recruited; and naturally so.

    The Modern Malady Cyril Bennett
  • I cannot bear the reflections that naturally arise from this consideration.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I don't think he's naturally bad or vicious—I think he's just weak.

British Dictionary definitions for naturally


/ˈnætʃrəlɪ; -tʃərə-/
in a natural or normal way
through nature; inherently; instinctively
adverb, sentence substitute
of course; surely
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Word Origin and History for naturally

late 13c., "inherently, intrinsically, characteristically," from natural + -ly (2). From late 14c. as "in accord with natural law;" also "normally; usually, expectedly; as a matter of course, consequently, understandably." The notion is "as a natural result." From early 15c. as "without artificial assistance, by a natural process."

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