Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


From one enemy of Robert the transition is brief and natural to another.

You know I am your banker, and it is only natural for you to call upon me.

A man wakes up to find that his natural promptin's has cold-decked him.

He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.

In all legislative affairs it is the natural collaborator with the President.

I am losing the best years of my life out of my natural service.

"Don't talk like that," said Andy with a certain amount of reserve which was not natural to him.

It is natural to goodness and innocence, but not the less is the error a disastrous one.

God is not natural to the Caucasian; the Caucasian is not natural with God.

It cannot be loving and spontaneous unless there is a natural impulse behind it.


c.1300, naturel, "of one's inborn character; hereditary, by birth;" early 14c. as "of the world of nature (especially as opposed to man)," from Old French naturel "of nature, conforming to nature; by birth," and directly from Latin naturalis "by birth, according to nature," from natura "nature" (see nature).

From late 15c. as "not miraculous, in conformity with nature." Meaning "easy, free from affectation" is attested from c.1600. Of things, "not artificially created," c.1600. As a euphemism for "illegitimate, bastard" (of children), it is first recorded c.1400, on notion of blood kinship (but not legal status).

Natural science is from late 14c.; natural law is from early 15c. Natural order "apparent order in nature" is from 1690s. Natural childbirth first attested 1933. Natural life, usually in reference to the duration of life, is from late 15c. Natural history is from 1560s (see history). To die of natural causes is from 1570s.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.