Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not natural; unnatural; strained or forced.
  • noun That which is not natural; specifically, something which does not enter into the composition of the body, but which is essential to animal life and health, and by accident or abuse often becomes a cause of disease. See the quotation.

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

  • adjective Not natural; unnatural.

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  • adjective Not natural.

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  • adjective existing outside of or not in accordance with nature

Etymologies

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non- +‎ natural

Examples

  • You have no problem with a nonnatural born Kenyan in the white house (NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE NOT MY PRESIDENT!!!!!!) but you go nuts over a brilliant woman with strong views.

    Powell calls Palin a 'fascinating figure'

  • The mass suicide is known as the single greatest loss of civilian life in America by a nonnatural disaster until 9/11.

    God Attachment

  • The mass suicide is known as the single greatest loss of civilian life in America by a nonnatural disaster until 9/11.

    God Attachment

  • The mass suicide is known as the single greatest loss of civilian life in America by a nonnatural disaster until 9/11.

    God Attachment

  • Recombinant DNA was primitive at first, and controversial because of its potential to create nonnatural organisms.

    The Nature of Technology

  • It's a Catch-22 fueled in part by its own fierce marketing of nonnatural products over the years.

    Where the Grass Is Made Greener

  • As Robert Adams has suggested, given the serious difficulties present in understanding moral properties as natural properties, it is worthwhile taking seriously the hypothesis that morality is not just a nonnatural matter but a supernatural one (Adams 1973, p. 105).

    Theological Voluntarism

  • Both theists and nontheists have been impressed by the weirdness of normativity, with its very otherness, and have thought that whatever we say about normativity, it will have to be a story not about natural properties but nonnatural ones (cf. Moore 1903, section 13).

    Theological Voluntarism

  • Contraceptive use has risen dramatically over the past decade; according to U.N. data, 62 percent of married or "in union" women of reproductive age are now using some form of nonnatural birth control.

    BIRTH DEARTH

  • Presumably, a deontologist can be a moral realist of either the natural (moral properties are identical to natural properties) or nonnatural (moral properties are not themselves natural properties even if they are nonreductively related to natural properties) variety.

    Deontological Ethics

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