preternaturality

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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