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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for unnaturalness

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