Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In a natural manner.
  • adverb By nature; inherently.
  • adverb Without a doubt; surely.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bynature; not by art or habit: as, he was naturally eloquent.
  • Spontaneously; without art or cultivation.
  • Without affectation or artificiality; with ease or grace.
  • According to the usual course of things; by an obvious consequence; of course.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a natural manner or way; according to the usual course of things; spontaneously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a natural manner.
  • adverb Inherently or by nature.
  • adverb Surely or without any doubt.

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

  • adverb through inherent nature
  • adverb as might be expected
  • adverb according to nature; by natural means; without artificial help
  • adverb in a natural or normal manner

Etymologies

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natural +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Old Gay, for example, used ‘absolutely', not only in places where the younger of us might quite naturally still, but also in the sense of ‘actually' or even ‘naturally' – exactly as though he were speaking in the 1870's.

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  • And including more emotions and more sensual experiences naturally and I am using my Biologist Hat here, *naturally* means it will be more arousing.

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  • The term "naturally raised" is another USDA term that says the animals were not fed any animal by-products, growth hormones or antibiotics.

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  • This naturally translates as a passive: “The square root function is computed using the Newton-Raphson method”.

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  • “Your name naturally prolongs itself into a sigh as I think what fun I should have had I been with you in England.”

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  • The idea that he can pick and choose who runs his label naturally makes executives sweat.

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  • “Your name naturally prolongs itself into a sigh as I think what fun I should have had I been with you in England.”

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  • As the experiments of these artists were directed chiefly to the solution of problems of light, the term naturally was widened to include that whole division of painting which is concerned with atmospheric aspects and color harmonies rather than with subject-interest and line composition.

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  • Upon the demise of the old monarch, the title naturally passed to the

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