from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being natural.
  • n. Of a picture or recording, likeness to the original.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being natural; conformity to nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being natural: as, naturalness of conduct.
  • n. Conformity to nature, truth, or reality; absence of artificiality, exaggeration, or affectation: as, the naturalness of a person's conduct.

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

  • n. the quality of innocent naivete
  • n. the likeness of a representation to the thing represented
  • n. the quality of being natural or based on natural principles


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  • Aware, however, that the term naturalness would lead to a deeper disquisition than I here mean to enter upon, I shall take it in its common meaning, as it represents the common aspect of nature.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847.

  • Of course, this naturalness is an illusion (a transcript of thought and conversation would yield mostly a slop of imprecision and repetition), but O'Nan's fingerprints are unobtrusive.

    A Close Read

  • To watch them emerge, as Ms. Plimpton allows them to do sparingly, and with perfect naturalness, is to recognize the art she brings to this performance.

    Chances for Hope

  • And not merely in naturalness of manners, but also in moral elevation, in guileless sincerity, in delicate regard for the feelings even of enemies, in true devotion to the good of their fellow-men, especially to the cause of the poor and oppressed, and in earnest religious faith, were these men twin-brothers.

    Discourse Delivered on the Day of the Funeral of President Lincoln.

  • Further confusing matters, 'naturalness'-wise, there are women thin for reasons of health or poverty who still watch what they eat for getting fat.

    What Would Phoebe Do

  • The emphasis on naturalness translates into a way of life characterized by simplicity, calmness, and freedom from the tyranny of desire (e.g.,


  • It also has led us to rethink the notion of naturalness and the rock solid expectation this used to lead to, of finding new physics just beyond the electroweak scale.

    Two cheers for string theory

  • Thus we may compare to orators those composers who ordinarily take the cantus firmus or subject from others and, weaving over it an artful counter - point, draw various melodic lines from it, which often have something dry or labored, in that they lack a certain grace and naturalness, which is the true spice of melody.


  • Since voice has here been discussed in an objective sort of way, it is fitting to emphasize the importance of what is called naturalness, or more correctly, simplicity.

    Public Speaking

  • The one essential is power to sing, and the intelligence to get it down with degrees of mastery or naturalness, which is one and the same thing.

    Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets


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