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unnatural

(ŭn-năch′ər-əl)
adj.
1.
a. Not in accordance with what usually occurs in nature: a tree with an unnatural shape.
b. Not included in nature; artificial: detergents and other unnatural chemicals.
2.
a. Deviating from a behavioral or social norm: a child's unnatural attachment to a doll.
b. Brutal or unfeeling: unnatural cruelty.
3. Stilted, affected, or awkward: an unnatural smile.

un·nat′u·ral·ly adv.
un·nat′u·ral·ness n.
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In striving to transcend the unnaturalness of his youth, Villena reappropriates the myth of the natural (as well as the fundamental Euro-centric image of the exotic south), but rather than merely repeat it, he reconfigures it in a way that ultimately reveals it as a product of human fabrication.
"The Unnaturalness of Narrative Poetry." A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative.
The question about the unnaturalness of neuro-enhancement is connected to claims concerning its effects on authenticity.
The failure of the human nature objection is not intended as evidence in favor of liberal eugenics; it merely highlights the fact that, if liberal eugenics is morally wrong, it will be wrong on grounds other than its supposed unnaturalness. Human nature is not fixed, and it does not have strong normative status.
Obviously the intonation of quarter- and sixth-tones is not usually entirely precise, which normally adds to the interest of the sound result (one of the reasons why Alois Haba was not entirely successful in his microtonal efforts was evidently the unnaturalness of "tempered" quarter-tones and so on.).
The unnaturalness of human sexuality in the twentieth century and his own fleshly sins gave Muggeridge insight into what he called the "counter-movement": "The separation of the procreative impulse from procreation, the down-grading of motherhood and the up-grading of spinsterhood, and the acceptance of sterile perversions as the equivalent of fruitful love; finally, the grisly holocaust of millions of aborted babies, ironically in the name of quality of life." Muggeridge came to defend Humane Vitae which was instrumental in his later conversion to the Roman Catholic Church.
Gender is being used here [...] to police a woman's behaviour by threatening her with disapproval on the score of unnaturalness. It is not feminine to resist, to make a fuss for one's own sake, to disappoint the desires of others by insisting on the primacy of one's own.
They made love in silence as if even the most fractured speech would force them to acknowledge the strangeness of their coupling and the unnaturalness, and they would have to stop....
Unfortunately, once you get over the unnaturalness of filling your lungs with smoke, the effects can be pleasurable, as Wilde recognised.
Rather than naturalizing a character's conduct, Brechtian theater "leads real conduct to acquire an element of 'unnaturalness,' thus allowing the real motive forces to be shorn of their naturalness and become capable of manipulation" (Brecht 191).
These too instilled a feeling of unnaturalness, due to their "abnormal" sliding by fits and starts, with almost automatic movements.
Perhaps the Kalapuya and all who respect nature will endeavor to keep the Whilamut untrammeled by any more unnaturalness than is already there - and it's considerable.