Definition of natural classification in US English:

natural classification


  • A scientific classification according to features which are held to be objectively significant, rather than being selected for convenience.

    • ‘This and other problems have hamstrung psychiatrists' efforts throughout history to agree on a truly natural classification of mental disorders.’
    • ‘The systems approach to the treatment of accumulated classification material holds a special position among the ways, methods and rules, which must certainly be realized in a natural classification.’
    • ‘Professional taxonomists have always recognized this inequality among systems of naming by proclaiming the search for a natural classification as the goal of their science.’