from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Out of or being beyond the normal course of nature; differing from the natural.
- adj. Surpassing the normal or usual; extraordinary: "Below his preternatural affability there is some acid and steel” ( George F. Will).
- adj. Transcending the natural or material order; supernatural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Beyond or different from what is natural or according to the regular course of things; strange; inexplicable; extraordinary; abnormal.
- adj. Having an existence outside of the natural world. In this sense, everything supernatural is also preternatural.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Beyond of different from what is natural, or according to the regular course of things, but not clearly supernatural or miraculous; strange; inexplicable; extraordinary; uncommon; irregular; abnormal
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being beyond what is natural, or different from what is natural; extraordinary: being out of the regular or natural course of things: distinguished from supernatural, being above nature, and unnatural, being contrary to nature.
- Synonyms Miraculous, etc. See supernatural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. surpassing the ordinary or normal
- adj. existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter nātūrām, beyond nature : praeter, beyond; see preterit + nātūra, nature; see nature.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin preternaturalis/praeternaturalis, from praeter nātūram, from praeter ("beyond") + nātūra ("nature"). (Wiktionary)