Pre`ter*nat"u*ral (?; 135), a. [Pref. preter + natural.]

Beyond or different from what is natural, or according to the regular course of things, but not clearly supernatural or miraculous; strange; inexplicable; extraordinary; uncommon; irregular; abnormal; as, a preternatural appearance; a preternatural stillness; a preternatural presentation (in childbirth) or labor.

This vile and preternatural temper of mind. South.

Syn. -- See Supernatural.


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