Definition of natural in US English:



  • 1Existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.

    ‘carrots contain a natural antiseptic that fights bacteria’
    ‘natural disasters such as earthquakes’
    • ‘Loyal readers might remember that I am a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Red Sox are our natural rivals.’
    • ‘Well he thinks that I am a blonde deep down, even if my natural hair colour is brown.’
    • ‘Geological experts said the disaster was due to natural causes.’
    • ‘Zookeepers run enrichment programmes to mimic the natural behaviour of the animals in the wild and to stimulate them in captivity.’
    • ‘Do you believe the federal government should impose gasoline price freezes during natural disasters?’
    • ‘Can you recommend a natural treatment that will make my hair look fuller?’
    • ‘This is the largest natural disaster that our nation has ever faced.’
    • ‘He noticed she was small, and her hair natural, slightly red and very silky, not long, and not short.’
    • ‘Using homeopathy and a range of other natural treatments, Pat set out on a journey of recovery that was to see her body go from strength to strength.’
    • ‘The challenge was to make the most of the space and improve the existing flow of natural light.’
    • ‘The natural medicine, derived from onions, is mixed with water and given to Paul through his feeding tube.’
    • ‘Every other type, even those derived from natural sources like soyabeans or wild yam, are put together in the test tube.’
    • ‘These events are unrelated, and humankind's vulnerability to natural hazards is as old as our species.’
    • ‘It is a natural compound derived from sugar cane wax, beeswax or yams.’
    • ‘The tsunami is possibly the worst natural disaster ever.’
    • ‘How did a natural disaster turn into a national fiasco?’
    • ‘They were plant alkaloids and natural products - medicines derived from natural products.’
    • ‘The natural disaster caused incalculable loss of life in many countries around the perimeter of the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘It provides them with a wonderful range of natural hues derived from clay, bark, flowers and berries.’
    • ‘I asked about a natural treatment at the health food store and was told to try tea tree oil.’
    • ‘Certainly, the military has a role to play in a major natural disaster.’
    • ‘Many physicians recommend walking as a natural treatment to relieve depression.’
    • ‘Existing natural features and areas were identified as of ecological importance and were incorporated into the masterplan.’
    • ‘There are plenty of natural treatments for an underactive thyroid.’
    • ‘The colour is derived from the natural chlorophyll that is given out by the ingredients.’
    • ‘To let it heal spontaneously would be natural, even if debilitating for life.’
    • ‘Based on the classical traditions of fragrance, he uses only pure natural ingredients.’
    • ‘Overall, seventy percent of pharmaceuticals now being used come from or are derived from natural products.’
    • ‘Carp seem to prefer different things in different lakes and natural behaviour is liable to become modified by angling pressure.’
    • ‘Since each woman is unique and reacts differently to natural treatments, try them out for yourself.’
    • ‘The confined cage environment can never offer sufficient stimulation for their natural behaviour.’
    • ‘The food industry uses many other emulsifying substances, usually derived from natural foodstuffs.’
    • ‘Depleted uranium is derived from natural uranium mined from the earth's crust.’
    • ‘There are several natural treatments that can have an impact on the immune imbalance in asthma.’
    • ‘This is the largest natural disaster that this country has ever seen in terms of the destruction that has been caused.’
    1. 1.1 (of fabric) having a color characteristic of the unbleached and undyed state; off-white.
      • ‘Aged patina and marble finishes on fabrics will give subtle understated looks to natural fabrics.’
      • ‘The golden yellow colour is the natural colour of the butter made strictly from cow's milk, it was pointed out.’
      • ‘She pinched her cheeks to give them a little more natural colour and moved to leave her room.’
      • ‘The unique feature of the mural painting is that only natural colours are used.’
      • ‘Her hair has changed, too - brown, black, fair, blonde - so that even she is not sure what its natural colour is any more.’
      • ‘In the living room, a large multipaned window swagged in natural linen takes center stage.’
  • 2Of or in agreement with the character or makeup of, or circumstances surrounding, someone or something.

    ‘sharks have no natural enemies’
    • ‘Other factors to be considered are the lack of any known natural enemies and its large native distribution.’
    • ‘As people encounter new circumstances, the natural tendency is to seek a skilled mentor for guidance.’
    • ‘Canada is working to improve its understanding of these pests, including their natural enemies.’
    • ‘They'll also explore ways to trap the borers and perhaps manipulate the behavior of their natural enemies.’
    • ‘That is a natural extension to the existing role of regulator of civil transport and airports for safety purposes.’
    • ‘Hence the plant response to attack will not only affect herbivore numbers, it will also affect the quality of the herbivore for other natural enemies.’
    • ‘Not going into the post offices to collect cash means that the natural customers, who would have bought other services, are not tempted.’
    • ‘These people - and there are a lot of them - are not our natural enemies.’
    • ‘When we come to consider the aesthetics of the novel, what we are talking about is the extent to which fiction communicates emotion to its natural audience.’
    • ‘Dragonflies are natural enemies of mosquitoes, since they eat them.’
    • ‘As they share basic values and are not far apart in their economic development, they are essentially natural partners.’
    1. 2.1attributive (of a person) born with a particular skill, quality, or ability.
      ‘he was a natural entertainer’
      • ‘Then today, a piece from Dell, with the warning that she's ‘not a natural writer’.’
      • ‘He was the natural leader on the field and his performance in the final did a lot to inspire his team mates to victory.’
      • ‘A country of politicians, natural leaders, would-be prophets or gods would be very difficult to govern.’
      • ‘Mick who was one of life's natural gentlemen, was a singer and a comedian.’
      • ‘He was, by his own admission, far from a natural leader.’
      • ‘His excellent interpersonal skills and outstanding intellect make him a natural leader.’
      • ‘He makes me laugh so often, he must be a natural comedian!’
      • ‘A natural athlete she gravitated to basketball as an outlet for her skills.’
      • ‘He was also a brilliant firefighter, a natural athlete and big into sport, they even did a big article on him in Sports Illustrated.’
      • ‘The 23-year-old man is a natural athlete, who can both beat players and take his scores.’
      • ‘I'd always been a natural writer and, by the time I was 18, I had my own column.’
      • ‘Johnny Cash was an American icon, a man who stood apart, a natural leader.’
      • ‘You're a natural leader and quick, logical decision maker.’
      • ‘He's also a former soldier and a natural leader.’
      • ‘They are natural thieves, and quick to boot, so remember to keep your bag closed and your pockets out of reach.’
      • ‘For his part, Green insists he is not a natural writer.’
      • ‘From the age of two, when he started using a pack of cards to learn how to count, it was clear Shivam would make a natural card player.’
      • ‘And as a natural rebel, she was once suspended for three months for hurling obscenities at her coaches.’
      • ‘But Stewart for his part never cared for the praise of his friend Henry Fonda that he was a natural actor.’
      • ‘He is not, he admits, a natural teacher, and for him, having to stick with a single subject would have resulted in crushing boredom.’
      • ‘With tennis you need a certain amount of technique - a natural sportsman wouldn't necessarily beat you.’
      • ‘He is a man of strong, well-informed opinions - an obvious, natural scholar.’
      • ‘He viewed him as a natural leader who would rise in the military hierarchy.’
      • ‘Montrose was charming and gallant, a superb natural soldier with a rare ability to get the best out of his tiny army of ill-equipped Highlanders.’
      born, naturally gifted, untaught
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    2. 2.2 (of a skill, quality, or ability) coming instinctively to a person; innate.
      ‘writing appears to demand muscular movements that are not natural to children’
      • ‘He has a natural aptitude for computation and is very quick at figure work.’
      • ‘Yes, Manoj did have this natural flair for creating energy and pace!’
      • ‘Of course, that little fact obviously doesn't get rid of their natural arrogance.’
      • ‘He knew that he could do any theoretical question by using his proven natural talent and intuitive understanding of the subject.’
      • ‘He discovered a natural flair and talent for the work.’
      • ‘He had natural ability then and could always score goals.’
      • ‘His natural confidence is allied with a realistic caution about his progress.’
      • ‘Only the reflexes and natural ability that years of practice had given him was keeping him close.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that the Jamaican players have an abundance of natural ability, but in today's game that is not enough.’
      • ‘They hide our real thoughts and intentions and subdue our natural belligerence.’
      • ‘Agreed - a certain amount of natural skill is required - but that skill needs to be properly nurtured.’
      • ‘There are many players who have better games than Henman, thanks to their innate natural talent.’
      • ‘Of course, in your natural arrogance, you believe everything is essential.’
      • ‘Finney was the more rounded player, a natural predator who regarded the pitch as a happy hunting ground and revelled in his natural ability to score goals.’
      • ‘Discovering you have a natural talent or aptitude for something feels good.’
      • ‘The academy selects its students on the basis of natural talent, dedication and the capacity for hard work.’
      • ‘The owner has used his natural talent and skills to develop a well-trained group of people.’
      • ‘She knew what ingredients went into several spells, but didn't have the natural talent that enabled her to perform magic.’
      • ‘Take a look at what you have to offer, your skills, your natural talents and in what situations you perform at your best.’
      • ‘Lara has got tons of natural ability and is always looking to play shots.’
      • ‘The nature of men is described as often having a natural depravity that is hidden inside respectability.’
      • ‘He is thrilled by the skills and enjoys the challenges associated with harnessing the natural talent and ensuring it continues to develop.’
      • ‘Reaching great heights does not depend upon our natural talents and capabilities.’
      • ‘His strength is possessing skills and natural ability that no modern-era quarterback can match.’
      • ‘For each one it takes a certain amount of natural ability, but it also takes devotion, time, and commitment.’
      • ‘It's shocking that he hasn't written musicals before because he's a natural librettist.’
      innate, inborn, inherent, native, native-born, intrinsic, instinctive, instinctual, intuitive, natural-born, ingrained, built-in
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    3. 2.3 (of a person or their behavior) relaxed and unaffected; spontaneous.
      ‘he replied with too much nonchalance to sound natural’
      • ‘The natural, spontaneous flow of your life energy becomes blocked or dulled.’
      • ‘Hurley wins out on all counts with his casual and natural look and behaviour.’
      • ‘The left-footing was always mechanical and I hate that - I love being natural and spontaneous.’
      • ‘His portraits are especially effective and capture people's natural, spontaneous expressions.’
      • ‘I just wanted the interaction between the kids and the parents to be natural.’
      • ‘Perhaps this is because they mimic evolved solutions, so their behaviour seems more natural.’
      • ‘Eventually, the jaws reach a natural, relaxed position, and no further adjustments are needed.’
      • ‘He really identified with Socialist Worker as a fighting paper-it was all very spontaneous and natural!’
      • ‘We should all strive to adopt the natural, unselfconscious behavior of the child and live life in the present moment.’
      • ‘She has said that she tries to sound natural and unaffected, and that's a laudable goal.’
      • ‘Let the natural and relaxed arm swing of walking or running become part of your skiing.’
      • ‘Defined orders tend to be restrictive and do little to encourage ordinary, natural relationships between parents and children.’
      • ‘It not only gives it to you raw, but its acting is flawless, very natural and spontaneous and all around very believable.’
      • ‘Nothing seems forced or fabricated, and the way in which they interact as families is natural and genuine.’
      • ‘The problem is not with Jones, who gives a natural and unaffected performance, but with her character's story.’
      unaffected, spontaneous, uninhibited, straightforward, relaxed, unselfconscious, genuine, open, artless, guileless, ingenuous, unsophisticated, unpretentious, without airs, easy
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    4. 2.4 Occurring as a matter of course and without debate; inevitable.
      ‘Ken was a natural choice for coach’
      • ‘While the communities may feel a natural attachment for their surrounds, they legally have no claim to them.’
      • ‘Boasting about how swimmingly this was going, and how much upstream clout he has, is entirely natural.’
      • ‘Untreated, the natural course of minor depression is one to two years.’
      • ‘I had viewed morals, and moral behavior, as the natural outcome of reason alone.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is natural for them to expect some kind of reward from the organisation.’
      • ‘The message you hear is pre-recorded and of course your natural reaction is to put the phone down.’
      • ‘He had been such a regular sight in Manchester's Oxfam that the staff thought he was the natural choice to open the new-look store.’
      • ‘During the natural course of bipolar affective disorder, relapses and recurrences are frequent.’
      • ‘Without treatment, however, the natural course of bipolar disorder tends to worsen.’
      • ‘Pangs of conscience are, of course, a natural reaction to the taking of an innocent life.’
      • ‘It is entirely natural for Indians to take pride in the successes of their erstwhile compatriots abroad.’
      • ‘Marriage was also seen as the natural course of a man's life, enabling him to function properly in his working life and fulfil his duty by fathering children.’
      • ‘The conclusion is that it is natural, and therefore inevitable, for people to behave that way, too.’
      • ‘As a lifelong devotee to cycling, it was a natural choice for Rick to combine both of his greatest passions.’
      • ‘Last year researchers launched the Decade of Behavior as a natural follow-up to the Decade of the Brain.’
      • ‘This achievement was not the result of policies imposed from above, but the natural outcome of a good educational system.’
      • ‘If we consider how electronic music developed, this is perfectly natural.’
      • ‘The large outer office looked bare and empty, but under the circumstances that was natural.’
      • ‘While my family generally accepts all comers, in the natural course of things some are more loved than others.’
      • ‘For him to want to continue a relationship with his child is perfectly natural.’
      • ‘I'm trying to let things take their natural course, but I don't know what that natural course is.’
      • ‘Patients should be thoroughly educated about the natural course of osteoarthritis.’
      • ‘Of course the natural tendency is to ignore them and keep on doing the same thing I've been doing.’
      • ‘Already negotiations with the public service unions are going on and these talks should be allowed to take their natural course.’
      • ‘Even if McLeish claims otherwise, it would be entirely natural for him to prioritise the Champions League over the Premierleague.’
      • ‘Of course, it's natural that we should feel like that.’
      • ‘The two of you seem to like each other, so of course it would be natural for you to wed.’
      • ‘What is natural, of course, is that sex leads to pregnancy - the very situation that women have spent generations trying to control.’
      • ‘The high quality of local produce and the good supply chain meant it was a natural choice over cheaper ingredients from abroad.’
      • ‘I can't do anything else, so it was a natural choice for me.’
      • ‘I grew up wanting to be a farmer - I loved being around animals and that was the natural choice.’
      • ‘His original plan had been to allow the two men to become friends and let the talks take their natural course.’
      • ‘These poor deluded racists seem to think that pathologies are the natural course of events for most people.’
      • ‘In fact of course the suffering is neither natural nor inevitable.’
      • ‘Under such circumstances, it is natural for the public to resort to other means to get justice.’
      • ‘In the world of stiff competition, it is natural for the parents to force their children to excel in what they do.’
      • ‘And, of course, the natural choice was for her to be drawn with a dolphin.’
      • ‘Attractive and photogenic, he was the natural choice to visually represent the party and its programs.’
      • ‘Your natural reactions to circumstances encourage success and the healthy growth of your ego and self-esteem.’
      • ‘Patients eventually assume that their symptoms reflect a natural state that is part of their epilepsy.’
      reasonable, logical, understandable, unsurprising, expected, to be expected, only to be expected, predictable
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    5. 2.5attributive (of law or justice) based on innate moral sense; instinctively felt to be right and fair.
      See also natural law
      • ‘Thus in defending the rule of law, we must ourselves respect and be bound by the due process of law and the rules of natural justice.’
      • ‘But their wishes, even pious ones, do not trump the natural right of parents to decide such a matter.’
      • ‘Oral hearings may take place, to which the rules of natural justice apply.’
      • ‘People wonder what happened to the rules of natural justice and the presumption of innocence.’
      • ‘The common law rules of natural justice or procedural fairness are two-fold.’
      • ‘They will also be told that they must consider the application on its merits, observing the rules of natural justice.’
      • ‘Last Thursday, I had three examples of events reaching their conclusions in a way that follows my rules of natural justice.’
      • ‘No one would suggest that a court making orders of that sort should not comply with the common law rules of natural justice.’
      • ‘As Aquinas explained, law is natural because it is ‘a purpose implanted by the Divine art’.’
      • ‘The validity challenge is based on alleged breaches of the rules of natural justice in two respects.’
      • ‘Even without a Human Rights Act, this legislation breaches every principle of natural justice and the rule of law.’
      • ‘He argues the item was raised at last month's meeting without prior notice and in breach of standard procedures of natural justice.’
      • ‘Recently there has been a tendency to revive the rule, although it is no longer based on natural law.’
      • ‘Why do the natural rules of trust, common sense and due diligence for some reason not seem to apply online?’
      • ‘His attorney claims that this ‘trial in absentia’ was a denial of natural justice.’
      • ‘There was no suggestion of any impropriety, or lack of regard for rules of natural justice.’
      • ‘Breach of the rules of natural justice are jurisdictional grounds.’
      • ‘This allegation comes on top of the fact that the rule of natural justice that accused have the right to a speedy trial has long since gone out of the window.’
      • ‘Almost without noticing it, we lose touch with that spontaneity that is our natural inheritance.’
      • ‘This not only impairs the fair market order but also violates the natural rule of justice.’
      • ‘This was a breach of the rules of natural justice.’
  • 3attributive (of a parent or child) related by blood.

    ‘such adopted children always knew who their natural parents were’
    • ‘Hielema has a brother who was also adopted and a sister who was a natural child of the parents who raised him.’
    • ‘They were taken from their natural parents and put in foster care, and some were even adopted.’
    • ‘Thus, the parents with higher intelligence test scores tended to have natural children with higher intelligence test scores.’
    • ‘The second factor is mobility: children move, for example, between foster parents and natural parents.’
    • ‘Due to my natural mum having psychological problems I was put into care when I was just a few days old.’
    • ‘The parents still believe the children have a close attachment to their natural parents and extended family network.’
    • ‘When his natural parents split up, the mother's new partner assaulted her and her son.’
    • ‘Bernie said a lot of natural parents - mostly mothers - also wanted access to the files to see that they were accurate.’
    • ‘The fact that the mother is the natural parent of all five children is, of course, a significant factor to take into account.’
    • ‘The children concerned may have no contact with their parents or natural family.’
    • ‘The best person to bring up a child is the natural parent.’
    • ‘Does the child not have a right to inherit from its natural parent?’
    • ‘She says she understands why adopted children are given the information to trace their natural parents’
    • ‘The right time to consider what kind of contact natural parents are to have to children being adopted is on the occasion adoption is under consideration.’
    • ‘How can I stop my parents obviously favouring their natural grandchildren?’
    • ‘A lower court ruled that because she was not a natural parent of the children, they were not her responsibility.’
    • ‘The same patterns can be seen in people who were raised by one or both of their natural parents, or by their grandparents.’
    • ‘It says that it is a dynamic group aiming to enforce the rights of children to see their natural parents and grandparents.’
    1. 3.1archaic Illegitimate.
      ‘the Baron left a natural son by his mistress’
      • ‘He had had her legitimised as his natural daughter.’
      • ‘Fathers also had legal obligations to provide for their natural children.’
      illegitimate, born out of wedlock
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  • 4Music
    (of a note) not sharped or flatted.

    postpositive, in combination ‘the bassoon plays G-natural instead of A-flat’
    • ‘A flat, natural, or sharp sign can be placed above it, to indicate a chromatic inflection of the upper note.’
    1. 4.1 (of a brass instrument) having no valves and able to play only the notes of the harmonic series above a fundamental note.
      • ‘In that way it's like playing a natural trumpet without valves.’
      • ‘However, a new dynamic emerges when the natural instrument is left untreated.’
    2. 4.2 Relating to the notes and intervals of the harmonic series.
      • ‘A natural harmony singer, she fills that void that a single voice can often leave open.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's the natural harmony in the male-female vocal.’
  • 5Christian Theology
    Relating to earthly or unredeemed human or physical nature as distinct from the spiritual or supernatural realm.

    • ‘And I want to understand the nature of that power, be it spiritual or natural or a combination of the two.’
    • ‘Distinguishing between true and false in this realm is like distinguishing between straight and crooked in the natural realm.’
    • ‘Scripture is made up of propositional truth statements, but the natural realm has no such statements.’
    • ‘They were designed to help the individual cope with perceived natural and supernatural adversity.’
    • ‘In truth, for Pearce there is no division between natural and supernatural, at least not when she is at the top of her form.’
    • ‘In our spiritual war, we need spiritual amour and spiritual weapons - not natural ones.’
    • ‘They can exist in material objects, the natural world, spiritual realms, or all of the above.’
    • ‘These songs construct a vision in which the natural, human, and supernatural worlds are intertwined.’
    • ‘From the Renaissance onwards, study of the natural realm was increasingly distinguished from metaphysics.’
  • 6Bridge
    (of a bid) straightforwardly reflecting one's holding of cards.

    Often contrasted with conventional or artificial
    • ‘An up card may only be taken by combining it with cards from the player's hand to form a new meld: at least one of the cards from the player's hand must be natural.’
    • ‘Between two otherwise equal hands, one made of natural cards beats one containing a joker.’
    • ‘A straight flush is the best natural hand.’
    • ‘Wild cards (jokers and twos) can normally be used in melds as substitutes for natural cards of the appropriate rank.’
    • ‘You can only take the discard pile if you have a pair of natural cards in your hand which are of the same rank as the top card of the discard pile.’
    • ‘Note that you must bid at least one club in order to make your bid, and the club must be natural (with no wild cards).’
    • ‘A run with a natural top card will beat a run with a wild top card.’
    • ‘An Ace high straight-flush is called a Royal Flush and is the highest natural hand.’
    • ‘If all the cards in it are natural, it is a pure canasta, indicated by stacking the cards together with a red card on top.’
    • ‘This means players cannot take discard pile unless they have two natural cards of that type in hand.’


  • 1A person regarded as having an innate gift or talent for a particular task or activity.

    ‘she was a natural for the sort of television work required of her’
    • ‘He is a natural for second base, but he can also play anywhere in the infield, and even the outfield if necessary.’
    • ‘Then project leader believes Steve is a natural for the job.’
    • ‘Being close to us makes this ape a natural for scientific studies, and much time and effort is spent in research.’
    • ‘The instructor also noted that she was a natural and asked if she had had any prior training.’
    • ‘Liu's martial arts skills make her a natural for the role, but Thurman proves to be a worthy adversary.’
    • ‘His lyrical, handsome style made him a natural for classical roles and he was promoted soloist, then principal in 1983.’
    • ‘His wild appearance and athletic ability made him a hit with fans and a natural for the ring.’
    • ‘Shannon's looks, which he thoroughly capitalized on, made him a natural for television.’
    • ‘Fletcher is a natural for that role, because he runs faster than most fullbacks and is built like one.’
    • ‘The former Rangers striker was a natural for the role.’
    • ‘Al Pacino is a natural for roles like this.’
    • ‘For all his appeal, Spidey never seemed a natural for the screen.’
    • ‘Sir Norman's success in the films that made him such an icon meant he was a natural for TV.’
    • ‘Hannah told me that I was a natural for someone who had never really ridden a horse before.’
    • ‘He is a natural for this spot, where he can concentrate on making tackles instead of providing deep coverage.’
    • ‘Was it always this way, were you a natural for public speaking?’
    • ‘From a performance standpoint, Monica Potter is a natural for this genre.’
    • ‘Pat Kenny described him as a natural in front of camera and that cannot be disputed.’
    • ‘Allinson has ably filled the show before, but Bruce is a natural for that time slot.’
    • ‘His winning personality makes him a natural for such work and the show seems to be taking off quite nicely.’
    1. 1.1 A thing that is particularly suited for something.
      ‘perky musical accompaniment would seem a natural for this series’
      • ‘Their story, combining heart-rending drama and gutsy determination, was a natural for the big screen.’
      • ‘Although it wasn't written for him, the part of Miles Massey seemed a natural for George Clooney.’
      • ‘Blackpool, with its Las Vegas aspirations and seedy seafront reality, is a natural for television drama.’
      • ‘Work, particularly work that involves words and thought, is not a natural for film.’
      • ‘Polenta is best known as a hearty winter side dish, but its sunny yellow color and sweet corn taste make it a natural for spring too.’
      • ‘Internet communications are a natural for computer-assisted diagnosis and medication selection.’
      • ‘Since pro contests are mostly of interest to younger people, this would seem like a natural for the magazines.’
      • ‘In other words, it's a natural for the pages of the Fairfax press.’
      • ‘The climate of the country allows beans to grow during most of the year, so they are a natural for inclusion in many dishes.’
  • 2Music
    A sign (♮) denoting a natural note when a previous sign or the key signature would otherwise demand a sharp or a flat.

    • ‘Such appearances certainly suggest that the e flat in ex.3 is no scribal error for e natural.’
    1. 2.1 A natural note.
    2. 2.2 Any of the longer keys on a keyboard instrument that are normally white.
  • 3A creamy beige color.

    • ‘The shop was a sea of cornflower blues and shocking reds, mellow naturals and pastels and mysterious blacks.’
    • ‘Colours are powdered pastels, warm naturals, primary colours and unusual accents.’
    • ‘I mean, you can see there's a lot of pink in here, accented by naturals.’
  • 4(in a gambling game) a combination or score that immediately wins.

    • ‘You must have 2 naturals then you can play as many wild cards as you would like.’
    • ‘A two-card hand of nine or a two-card hand of eight are considered naturals and do not take any hits.’
    1. 4.1 A hand of two cards making 21 in the first deal in blackjack and similar games.
    2. 4.2 A first throw of 7 or 11 at craps.
  • 5Fishing
    An insect or other small creature used as bait, rather than an artificial imitation.

    • ‘Try the shrimp he said, referring to the purple natural, not the fly.’
    • ‘When fishing such waters, under such conditions a better option is to go for smaller baits, either naturals or particles.’
    • ‘Other flies are downright lures, which look nothing like a natural but provoke a response when pulled fast past a feeding trout.’
    • ‘Small imitation naturals and light tippets should be used when fishing low, clear water.’
  • 6archaic A person born with a learning disability.

    • ‘They were deficient, but probably not to the extent that they might be called naturals or idiots.’


dialect, informal
  • Naturally.

    ‘keep walking—just act natural’
    • ‘She is German, unused to the Hollywood tradition of Barbie-esque perfection, and acts natural.’
    • ‘Ry's going to carry scars about that for the rest of her life no matter how natural she might act.’
    normally, in a natural manner, in a natural way, unaffectedly, spontaneously, genuinely, artlessly, unpretentiously
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Middle English (in the sense ‘having a certain status by birth’): from Old French, from Latin naturalis, from natura ‘birth, nature, quality’ (see nature).