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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 ?
Nevertheless, the old sea-traditions, the immemorial credulities, popularly invested this old Manxman with preternatural powers of discernment.
At this dim inceptive stage of the day Tess seemed to Clare to exhibit a dignified largeness both of disposition and physique, an almost regnant power, possibly because he knew that at that preternatural time hardly any woman so well endowed in person as she was likely to be walking in the open air within the boundaries of his horizon; very few in all England.
He slept in a stable--generally on horseback--and so terrified a Newfoundland dog by his preternatural sagacity, that he has been known, by the mere superiority of his genius, to walk off unmolested with the dog's dinner, from before his face.
Why this preternatural felon should be obliged to wait till the door was left unlocked, was a question which did not present itself.
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.
It was not without a leaping of the heart that she caught sight of a small pair of bare legs sticking up, feet uppermost, by the side of a hillock; they seemed something hideously preternatural,--a diabolical kind of fungus; for she was too much agitated at the first glance to see the ragged clothes and the dark shaggy head attached to them.
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.
As for discontentments, they are, in the politic body, like to humors in the natural, which are apt to gather a preternatural heat, and to inflame.
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.
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.
But the fragrance which ascended from the grass, fresher and more penetrating than that which exhaled from the trees around him; the warm and balmy air which enveloped him for the first time for many years past; the ineffable enjoyment of liberty in an open country, spoke to the prince in so seductive a language, that notwithstanding the preternatural caution, we would almost say dissimulation of his character, of which we have tried to give an idea, he could not restrain his emotion, and breathed a sigh of ecstasy.
Keck, the editor of the "Trumpet," in asserting that Ladislaw, if the truth were known, was not only a Polish emissary but crack-brained, which accounted for the preternatural quickness and glibness of his speech when he got on to a platform--as he did whenever he had an opportunity, speaking with a facility which cast reflections on solid Englishmen generally.