V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: beyond what is normal or natural

Synonyms: unusual, abnormal, extraordinary, supernatural, strange, superhuman, bizarre

Antonyms: normal, natural, common, typical

Tips: Preternatural is probably best learned by breaking it down. The prefix preter means "past, beyond." Therefore, preternatural means "beyond nature" or "beyond what is natural."

Usage Examples:

He had an almost preternatural ability to persuade people to do things they normally would not do. (supernatural, strange)

It doesn't take preternatural intuition to know when she's angry. (extraordinary)

Like a preternatural sixth sense, the blind man always knew when someone was near. (superhuman, unusual)

The child's preternatural ability to solve complicated puzzles at an early age caused his parents to enroll him in a school for the gifted. (unusual, extraordinary)

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