preternatural

[pree-ter-nach-er-uhl, -nach-ruhl]
adjective
1.
out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal: preternatural powers.
2.
outside of nature; supernatural.

Origin:
1570–80; < Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, adj. based on Latin phrase praeter nātūram beyond nature. See preter-, natural

preternaturalism, preternaturality [pree-ter-nach-uh-ral-i-tee] , preternaturalness, noun
preternaturally, adverb
unpreternatural, adjective
unpreternaturally, adverb


1. unusual, extraordinary, unnatural. See miraculous.


1. ordinary, usual.
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preternatural (ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl)
 
adj
1.  beyond what is ordinarily found in nature; abnormal
2.  another word for supernatural
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter natūram beyond the scope of nature]
 
preter'naturally
 
adv
 
preter'naturalism
 
n
 
preter'naturalness
 
n
 
preternatu'rality
 
n

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preternatural
1580, from M.L. preternaturalis (c.1255), from L. phrase præter naturam (præterque fatum) "beyond nature (and beyond fate)," from præter "beyond" (see preterite) + acc. of natura "nature" (see natural).
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Example sentences
The premise of the show, however, is that the truth can involve either
  preternatural or supernatural causes.
Preternatural academic politics began to take the place of open discourse.
Although speed has always been his trademark, he may not yet have understood
  that his speed was preternatural.
But for some, a preternatural capacity for concentration and near-total recall
  matter more.
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