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Natural, adj 1) pertaining to nature, being an effect or forming part of nature: “nothing n. I ever saw so noble,” Tp. I, 2, 418. “a n. perspective,” Tw. V, 224. children of divers kind we sucking on her (earth's) “n. bosom find,” Rom. II, 3, 12. “the n. gates and alleys of the body,” Hml. I, 5, 67. “thy n. magic and dire property,” III, 2, 270. “some n. notes about her body,” Cymb. II, 2, 28. “she held the very garment of Posthumus in more respect than my noble and n. person,” III, 5, 140.
2) bestowed by nature, not acquired: “our n. wits,” As I, 2, 55. “our n. goodness,” Wint. II, 1, 164. “her n. posture,” V, 3, 23. “n. graces,” H6A V, 3, 192. “n. gifts,” Hml. I, 5, 51. “a n. and prompt alacrity,” Oth. I, 3, 233. “Caesar's n. vice,” Ant. I, 4, 2. “n. luck,” II, 4, 26. “the n. bravery of your isle,” Cymb. III, 1, 18. “that n. stamp,” V, 5, 366.
3) subject to, or caused by, the laws of nature: “blunt his n. edge,” Meas. I, 4, 60. “a n. guiltiness such as is his,” II, 2, 139. “to make it n. rebellion,” All's V, 3, 6 (== rebellion of nature). “dearer than the n. bond of sisters,” As I, 2, 288. “the thousand n. shocks that flesh is heir to,” Hml. III, 1, 62.
4) consonant to nature and its general or individual laws: “come to my n. taste,” Mids. IV, 1, 179. “his n. scope,” H4A III, 1, 171. “a fair and n. light,” V, 1, 18. “congreeing in a full and n. clause,” H5 I, 2, 182. “as two yoke-devils sworn to either's purpose, working so grossly in a n. cause,” II, 2, 107. “never to lie and take his n. rest,” H6C IV, 3, 5. “none of you may live your n. age,” R3 I, 3, 213. “that n. competency whereby they live,” Cor. I, 1, 143. “the n. ruby of your cheeks,” Mcb. III, 4, 115. “he wants the n. touch,” IV, 2, 9.
5) prompted or governed by nature, not by art or study: “such a one is a n. philosopher,” As III, 2, 33. “the painting is almost the n. man,” Tim. I, 1, 157. “I am even the n. fool of fortune,” Lr. IV, 6, 195 ("born to be the sport of fortune." Walker).
6) genuine, not artificial or affected: “a n. coward, without instinct,” H4A II, 4, 542. “their n. tears,” H5 IV, 2, 13. “thou art even n. in thine art,” Tim. V, 1, 88. “n. roses,” Per. V Prol. Per. V Prol.
Adverbially: “I do it more n.” Tw. II, 3, 89 (Sir Andrew's speech).
7) according to the ordinary course of things, not supernatural: “their words are n. breath,” Tp. V, 157. “these are not n. events,” Tp. V, 157 “which is the n. man, and which the spirit,” Err. V, 333 (perhaps to be registered under def. 1). “no n. exhalation,” John III, 4, 153. “his n. cause,” John III, 4, 153 “they are n.” Caes. I, 3, 30. “there is something in this more than n.” Hml. II, 2, 385.
8) native, given by birth, not adopted: “a contriver against me his n. brother,” As I, 1, 151. “whom should he follow but his n. king?” H6C I, 1, 82. “dear divorce 'twixt n. son and sire,” Tim. IV, 3, 383. “myself they take for n. father,” Cymb. III, 3, 107 (Germ. leiblich).
9) obedient to the impulse of nature, kind, tender: “in his love toward her ever most kind and n.” Meas. III, 1, 229. “were all thy children kind and n.” H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. “loyal and n. boy,” Lr. II, 1, 86.
10) foolish, idiotic: “hath all the good gifts of nature. He hath indeed, almost n.” Tw. I, 3, 30 (some M. Edd. all most n.).
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