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

  • n. A human written or spoken language as opposed to a computer language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a human language which has evolved naturally in a community, usually in contrast to computer programming languages or to artificially constructed languages such as Esperanto.
  • n. natural languages (sense 1) considered collectively

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

  • n. a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language


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  • Reading another comment on Wordnik that referred to "natural language", it struck me that the term is a retronym. I'm not sure when it originated, but I imagine the term was first used to distinguish human communication from machine communication.

    October 4, 2015