preternatural

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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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:
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Translations
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preternatural

[ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl] ADJpreternatural
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preternatural

[ˌpriːtərˈnætʃərəl] adjsurnaturel(le)
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preternatural

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

[ˌpriːtəˈnætʃrəl] adj (frm) → soprannaturale
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References in classic literature ?
He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension præternatural. His results, brought about by the very soul and essence of method, have, in truth, the whole air of intuition.
It is not too much to say that neither of us believe in præternatural events.
It is my design to show you, first, that the thing might possibly have been accomplished: - but, secondly and chiefly, I wish to impress upon your understanding the very extraordinary - the almost præternatural character of that agility which could have accomplished it.