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unnatural

[uhn-nach-er-uh l, -nach-ruh l] /ʌnˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl/
adjective
1.
contrary to the laws or course of nature.
2.
at variance with the character or nature of a person, animal, or plant.
3.
at variance with what is normal or to be expected:
the unnatural atmosphere of the place.
4.
lacking human qualities or sympathies; monstrous; inhuman:
an obsessive and unnatural hatred.
5.
not genuine or spontaneous; artificial or contrived:
a stiff, unnatural manner.
6.
Obsolete. lacking a valid or natural claim; illegitimate.
Origin of unnatural
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see un-1, natural
Related forms
unnaturally, adverb
unnaturalness, noun
Synonyms
3. irregular, aberrant. 4. heartless, brutal.
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  • It seemed so unnatural to be all alone all day long with someone and only listen.

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • What the unnatural father would have done next, I do not know.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Their better than best was unnatural, and it killed some and shortened the lives of all.

  • For a moment she felt the full swinging of it; it did not seem at all strange or unnatural to her.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • They breathed heavily, moaning as though in some unnatural condition of slumber.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures Ruel Perley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for unnatural

unnatural

/ʌnˈnætʃərəl; -ˈnætʃrəl/
adjective
1.
contrary to nature; abnormal
2.
not in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour or right and wrong: unnatural love
3.
uncanny; supernatural: unnatural phenomena
4.
affected or forced: an unnatural manner
5.
inhuman or monstrous; wicked: an unnatural crime
6.
(obsolete) illegitimate
Derived Forms
unnaturally, adverb
unnaturalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unnatural
adj.

early 15c., "not in accord with physical nature," from un- (1) "not" + natural (adj.). Meaning "artificial" is attested from 1746; that of "at variance with moral standards" is from 1520s.

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