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1‘a natural occurrence’
normal, ordinary, everyday, usual, regular, common, commonplace, typical, routine, standard, established, customary, accustomed, habitual, run-of-the-mill, stock, unexceptional
abnormal, unnatural, exceptional
2‘her policy of using fresh, natural produce’
unprocessed, organic, pure, wholesome, unrefined, pesticide-free, chemical-free, additive-free, unbleached, unmixed, real, plain, virgin, crude, raw
3‘Alex is a natural leader’
born, naturally gifted, untaught
4‘his natural instincts’
innate, inborn, inherent, native, native-born, intrinsic, instinctive, instinctual, intuitive, natural-born, ingrained, built-in
hereditary, inherited, inbred, congenital
rare connate, connatural
5‘she's very natural’
unaffected, spontaneous, uninhibited, straightforward, relaxed, unselfconscious, genuine, open, artless, guileless, ingenuous, unsophisticated, unpretentious, without airs, easy
unstudied, unforced, uncontrived, unmannered, unstilted, unconstrained
affected, false, stilted, strained, awkward, self-conscious
6‘it was quite natural for him to think she admired him’
reasonable, logical, understandable, unsurprising, expected, predictable
7‘his natural son’
illegitimate, born out of wedlock
informal, dated born on the wrong side of the blanket
archaic bastard, misbegotten, baseborn, spurious
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