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preternatural

[pree-ter-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l] /ˌpri tərˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl/
adjective
1.
out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal:
preternatural powers.
2.
outside of nature; supernatural.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, adj. based on Latin phrase praeter nātūram beyond nature. See preter-, natural
Related forms
preternaturalism, preternaturality
[pree-ter-nach-uh-ral-i-tee] /ˌpri tərˌnætʃ əˈræl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
preternaturalness, noun
preternaturally, adverb
unpreternatural, adjective
unpreternaturally, adverb
Synonyms
1. unusual, extraordinary, unnatural. See miraculous.
Antonyms
1. ordinary, usual.
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  • His wispy brown hair frames preternaturally blue eyes and a soft, open face with an ample nose and heavy jaw.
  • He was obsessive, demanding, and preternaturally charismatic.
  • He was preternaturally honorable, uncynical, with a chronic disposition toward fairness.
  • Dean had done something preternaturally political-avoided a question, changed the subject-and got away with it.
British Dictionary definitions for preternaturally

preternatural

/ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl/
adjective
1.
beyond what is ordinarily found in nature; abnormal
2.
another word for supernatural
Derived Forms
preternaturally, adverb
preternaturalism, noun
preternaturalness, preternaturality, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter natūram beyond the scope of nature
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Word Origin and History for preternaturally

preternatural

adj.

1570s, from Medieval Latin preternaturalis (mid-13c.), from Latin phrase praeter naturam (praeterque fatum) "beyond nature (and beyond fate)," from praeter "beyond" (see preterite) + accusative of natura "nature" (see natural).

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