One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not involving or manifesting natural means or processes.
- ‘Global warming is generally accepted to be a non-natural phenomenon.’
- ‘The doctor is then obliged to report the death from a non-natural cause and a review committee will assess whether the doctor has acted in accordance with the due care criteria.’
- ‘Miller testified that, ‘If you invoke a non-natural cause, a spirit force or something like that in your research, I have no way to test it.’’
- ‘With other breakthroughs in chemistry, it is now possible to synthesize some natural products, like rubber, from non-natural sources.’
- ‘I've known moms to be phobic of anything with an appliqué, certain colors, non-natural fibers, or frilly headbands.’
- ‘Spirits of the dead are going to wander around where they jumped because they died of non-natural causes.’
- ‘On the outside of the house, stucco replaces non-natural materials like vinyl siding.’
- ‘They want science to be redefined to include non-natural or supernatural explanations for natural phenomena.’
- ‘In essence this Act prohibited non-natural additives on public-health grounds.’
- ‘The reporting procedure in The Netherlands is a reporting procedure that distinguishes between natural deaths and non-natural deaths, and if it's euthanasia you have to report it as a non-natural death.’
- 1.1Philosophy Existing but not part of the natural world (a term used by G. E. Moore of ethical properties).
- ‘Broadly conceived, the Naturalistic Fallacy rules out any attempt to treat morality as defined according to some pre-existent reality, whether that reality is expressed in natural or non-natural terms.’
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