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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: praeternaturalis, from Latin praeter naturam 'beyond nature'

preternatural

adjective
     
pre‧ter‧nat‧u‧ral formal
1 beyond what is usual or normal:
He felt possessed of a preternatural strength and fearlessness.
2 strange, mysterious, and unnatural:
the preternatural green light
preternaturally adverb:
The town was preternaturally quiet.

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