Definition of nonnatural in English:



  • 1Not involving or manifesting natural means or processes.

    ‘They want science to be redefined to include non-natural or supernatural explanations for natural phenomena.’
    • ‘Miller testified that, ‘If you invoke a non-natural cause, a spirit force or something like that in your research, I have no way to test it.’’
    • ‘Spirits of the dead are going to wander around where they jumped because they died of non-natural causes.’
    • ‘The doctor is then obliged to report the death from a non-natural cause and a review committee will assess whether the doctor has acted in accordance with the due care criteria.’
    • ‘On the outside of the house, stucco replaces non-natural materials like vinyl siding.’
    • ‘Global warming is generally accepted to be a non-natural phenomenon.’
    • ‘In essence this Act prohibited non-natural additives on public-health grounds.’
    • ‘With other breakthroughs in chemistry, it is now possible to synthesize some natural products, like rubber, from non-natural sources.’
    • ‘The reporting procedure in The Netherlands is a reporting procedure that distinguishes between natural deaths and non-natural deaths, and if it's euthanasia you have to report it as a non-natural death.’
    • ‘I've known moms to be phobic of anything with an appliqué, certain colors, non-natural fibers, or frilly headbands.’
    1. 1.1Philosophy Existing but not part of the natural world (a term used by G. E. Moore of ethical properties).
      • ‘Broadly conceived, the Naturalistic Fallacy rules out any attempt to treat morality as defined according to some pre-existent reality, whether that reality is expressed in natural or non-natural terms.’



/nä(n)ˈnaCHər(ə)l/ /nɑ(n)ˈnætʃər(ə)l/ /nä(n)ˈnaCHr(ə)l/ /nɑ(n)ˈnætʃr(ə)l/