- Beyond or not conforming to what is natural or according to the regular course of things; strange.
- Synonyms: inexplicable, exceptional, extraordinary, abnormal, uncanny
- 1815, William Shearman, New Medical and Physical Journal
- I have employed cold air, and very often spongings with cold water, in order to moderate the preternatural heat of the skin, and to check the increased velocity of the circulation.
- 1882, George Edward Ellis, The Red Man and the White Man in North America, [http://books.google.ca/books?id=FU1CAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA152&vq=preternatural&source=gbs_search_r&cad=1_1#PPA152,M1 p. 152],
- Doubtless there has been some exaggeration in the picturesque and fanciful relations of the almost preternatural skill and cunning of the Indian […]
- 2018 "Quintessential Deckerstar", Lucifer
- D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel: "Something Charlotte said made me think. Maybe celestial beings and humans, Luci maybe they aren't that different."
- Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar: "What, are we talking in bed? 'Cause we know all know my skills are preternatural. But I suppose you on the other hand..."
- (dated) Having an existence outside of the natural world.
- Synonyms: paranormal, supernatural, unnatural
- 1817, William Hazlitt, Characters of Shakespeare's Plays, "Macbeth",
- Macbeth is like a record of a preternatural and tragical event.
- 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book 1, Chapter 11,
- Not Leonore, in that preternatural midnight excursion with her phantom lover, was more terrified than poor Maggie in this entirely natural ride on a short-paced donkey, [...]
- 1925, Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Ring of Thoth",
- Vansittart Smith, fixing his eyes upon the fellow's skin, was conscious of a sudden impression that there was something inhuman and preternatural about its appearance.
- French: extraordinaire
- German: außernatürlich
- Russian: сверхъесте́ственный