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pre·ter·nat·u·ral

 (prē′tər-năch′ər-əl, -năch′rəl)
adj.
1. Surpassing what is normal or usual; extraordinary: "Below his preternatural affability there is some acid and steel" (George F. Will).
2. Transcending the natural or material order; supernatural.

[Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter nātūrām, beyond nature : praeter, beyond; see preterite + nātūra, nature; see nature.]

pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ism n.
pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ly adv.
pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ness n.

preternatural

(ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl)
adj
1. beyond what is ordinarily found in nature; abnormal
2. another word for supernatural
[C16: from Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter natūram beyond the scope of nature]
ˌpreterˈnaturally adv
ˌpreterˈnaturalism n
ˌpreterˈnaturalness, ˌpreterˌnatuˈrality n

pre•ter•nat•u•ral

(ˌpri tərˈnætʃ ər əl, -ˈnætʃ rəl)

adj.
1. existing or occurring out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal; extraordinary: preternatural powers.
2. being outside of nature; supernatural.
[1570–80; < Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, adj. based on Latin phrase praeter nātūram beyond nature. See preter-, natural]
pre`ter•nat′u•ral•ly, adv.
syn: See miraculous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preternatural - surpassing the ordinary or normal; "Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will; "his uncanny sense of direction"
extraordinary - beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature"
2.preternatural - existing outside of or not in accordance with naturepreternatural - existing outside of or not in accordance with nature; "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"

preternatural

adjective
2. Greatly exceeding or departing from the normal course of nature:
3. Of, coming from, or relating to forces or beings that exist outside the natural world:
Translations
ebaloomuliküleloomulik

preternatural

[ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl] ADJpreternatural

preternatural

[ˌpriːtərˈnætʃərəl] adjsurnaturel(le)

preternatural

adj
(= supernatural)übernatürlich
(= abnormal, exceptional)außergewöhnlich

preternatural

[ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl] adj (frm) → soprannaturale
References in classic literature ?
It was wonderful, the vast variety of forms into which she threw her intellect, with no continuity, indeed, but darting' up and dancing, always in a state of preternatural activity -- soon sinking down, as if exhausted by so rapid and feverish a tide of life -- and succeeded by other shapes of a similar wild energy.
Nevertheless, the old sea-traditions, the immemorial credulities, popularly invested this old Manxman with preternatural powers of discernment.
The unflinching earnestness with which he declared these things; --the dark, daring play of his sleepless, excited imagination, and all the preternatural terrors of real delirium, united to invest this Gabriel in the minds of the majority of the ignorant crew, with an atmosphere of sacredness.
With a memory sharpened to almost preternatural clearness, she remarked every turn in the road, and formed a mental estimate of the time to be occupied in traversing it.
I wiped my tears and hushed my sobs, fearful lest any sign of violent grief might waken a preternatural voice to comfort me, or elicit from the gloom some haloed face, bending over me with strange pity.
Why this preternatural felon should be obliged to wait till the door was left unlocked, was a question which did not present itself.
The devotion of the Knight to Rebecca's defence was exaggerated beyond the bounds, not only of discretion, but even of the most frantic excess of chivalrous zeal; and his deference to what she said, even although her language was often severe and upbraiding, was painted as carried to an excess, which, in a man of his haughty temper, seemed almost preternatural.
All at once we heard the crow of the cock coming up with preternatural shrillness through the clear morning air.
Their instinctive dread caused him to feel more strongly than aught else, that a preternatural horror was interwoven with the threads of the black crape.
The first pretended to judge of the influence of the stars on human affairs, and to foretell events by their positions and aspects; the second aimed to transmute the baser metals into gold, and to find a universal remedy for diseases; while the third dealt with the discovery of secret or future events by preternatural means.
His Typeean majesty, with all his court, gazed upon me in amazement, as if I had displayed some preternatural faculty which Heaven had denied to them.
Then came a sensation of fear; as if, not being actually human, yet so like humanity, she must therefore be something preternatural.