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Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Definitions for preternatural

  1. Existing outside of nature; differing from the natural; nonnatural.
  2. Surpassing the usual or normal; extraordinary; abnormal.
  3. Beyond or outside ordinary experience; inexplicable by ordinary means.

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Citations for preternatural
Advances in computer technology and bioengineering have made it possible to create human beings of preternatural strength and agility. Gerald Jonas, New York Times
She is a woman of almost preternatural honesty and decency. Janet Malcolm, The Crime of Sheila McGough
Origin of preternatural
1570-1580
Preternatural derives from the Latin phrase praeter naturam, "beyond nature."