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1. surpassing the ordinary or normal;
- Example: "Beyond his preternatural affability there is some acid and some steel" - George Will;
- Example: "his uncanny sense of direction"
[syn: preternatural, uncanny]

2. existing outside of or not in accordance with nature;
- Example: "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley
[syn: nonnatural, otherworldly, preternatural, transcendental]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preternatural \Pre`ter*nat"u*ral\ (?; 135), a. [Pref. preter + natural.] Beyond of 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. [1913 Webster] This vile and preternatural temper of mind. --South. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Supernatural. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "preternatural": aberrant, anomalous, arcane, atypical, deviant, deviative, eerie, esoteric, extramundane, extraterrestrial, fey, heteroclite, hypernormal, hyperphysical, miraculous, mysterious, nonnatural, numinous, occult, otherworldly, preterhuman, preternormal, pretersensual, psychic, spiritual, superhuman, superior, supermundane, supernatural, supernormal, superphysical, supersensible, supersensual, supramundane, supranatural, transcendental, transmundane, unearthly, unhuman, unnatural, unrepresentative, untypical, unworldly