Definition of natural classification in English:

natural classification

Pronunciation /ˈnaCH(ə)rəl ˌklasəfəˈkāSHən/ /ˈnætʃ(ə)rəl ˌklæsəfəˈkeɪʃən/

noun

  • A scientific classification according to features which are held to be objectively significant, rather than being selected for convenience.

    ‘Professional taxonomists have always recognized this inequality among systems of naming by proclaiming the search for a natural classification as the goal of their science.’
    • ‘This and other problems have hamstrung psychiatrists' efforts throughout history to agree on a truly natural classification of mental disorders.’
    • ‘The systems approach to the treatment of accumulated classification material holds a special position among the ways, methods and rules, which must certainly be realized in a natural classification.’