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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to existence outside the natural world.
  • adj. Attributed to a power that seems to violate or go beyond natural forces.
  • adj. Of or relating to a deity.
  • adj. Of or relating to the immediate exercise of divine power; miraculous.
  • adj. Of or relating to the miraculous.
  • n. That which is supernatural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Above nature; that which is beyond or added to nature, often so considered because it is given by God or some force beyond that which humans are born with. In Roman Catholic theology, sanctifying grace is considered to be a supernatural addition to human nature.
  • adj. Not of the usual; not natural; altered by forces that are not understood fully if at all.
  • adj. Neither visible nor measurable.
  • n. A supernatural being.
  • n. Supernatural beings and events collectively. (When used with definite article: "the supernatural".)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being beyond, or exceeding, the power or laws of nature; miraculous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being beyond or exceeding the powers or laws of nature; not occurring, done, bestowed, etc., through the operation of merely physical laws, but by an agency above and separate from these.
  • Of or pertaining to that which is above or beyond nature.
  • Synonyms Supernatural, Miraculous, Preternatural, Superhuman, Unnatural, Extra-natural. That which is supernatural is above nature; that which is preternatural or extra-natural is outside of nature; that which is unnatural is contrary to nature, but not necessarily impossible. Supernatural is freely applicable to persons: as, supernatural visitants; preternatural sometimes; unnatural only in another sense. Supernatural is applied to beings, properties, powers, acts, in the realms of being recognized as higher than man's. In the following extract supernatural is used in the sense ordinarily expressed by extra-natural or miraculous.
  • The raising of the dead to life would be miraculous, because, if brought about by a law of nature, it would be by a law outside of and above any that are known to man, and perhaps overruling some law or laws of nature. Preternatural is used especially to note that which might have been a work of nature, but is not. That which is superhuman is above the nature or powers of man. Superhuman is often used by hyperbole to note that which is very remarkable in man: as, he exhibited superhuman strength; the other words may be similarly used in a lower sense.
  • n. That which is above or beyond the established course or laws of nature; something transcending nature; supernatural agencies, influence, phenomena, etc.: with the definite article.
  • n. A supernatural being; a deity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
  • adj. not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material

Etymologies

From Latin supernaturalis, from super ("above") + natura ("nature; that which we are born with"), from natus ("born"), perfect passive participle of nasci ("to be born") + adjective suffix -alis. (Wiktionary)

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