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adjective natural pronunciation in British English /ˈnætʃ(ə)rəl/
  1. 1
    existing in nature and not produced or caused by people

    This cloth is made from natural fibres.

    areas of great natural beauty

    completely/totally natural:

    All the ingredients we use are completely natural.

    natural causes:

    Mr Johnson died from natural causes (=not as a result of an accident or crime).

  2. 2
    reasonable or expected in a particular situation

    His anger was an entirely natural reaction.

    It's only natural to worry about your child's diet.

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  3. 3
    [only before noun] existing in someone from an early age

    Angela's a natural leader.

    natural talent/ability:

    The best players have natural talent.

    natural instinct:

    Her natural instinct was to defend herself.

  4. 4
    relaxed rather than uncomfortable

    She appeared relaxed and natural in her first recital.

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    1. a.
      honest rather than false

      Greg has natural warmth and concern for people.

  5. 5
    [only before noun] natural parents are the ones you were born to
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