Environmental vs Natural - What's the difference?

environmental | natural |

As adjectives the difference between environmental and natural

is that environmental is pertaining to one's environment while natural is that exists and evolved within the confines of an ecosystem.

As a noun natural is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Pertaining to one's environment.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=That worries the government, which fears that environmental activism could become the foundation for more general political opposition.}}

    Derived terms

    * environmentally


    Alternative forms

    * naturall (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • That exists and evolved within the confines of an ecosystem.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Karen McVeigh
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=10, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= US rules human genes can't be patented , passage=The US supreme court has ruled unanimously that natural human genes cannot be patented, a decision that scientists and civil rights campaigners said removed a major barrier to patient care and medical innovation.}}
  • Of or relating to nature.
  • Without artificial additives.
  • As expected; reasonable.
  • His prison sentence was the natural consequence of a life of crime.
  • * Addison
  • What can be more natural than the circumstances in the behaviour of those women who had lost their husbands on this fatal day?
  • (music) Neither sharp nor flat. Denoted .
  • (music) Produced by natural organs, such as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music.
  • (music) Applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key.
  • Without, or prior to, modification or adjustment.
  • the natural motion of a gravitating body
  • * Macaulay
  • with strong natural sense, and rare force of will
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=Mr. Campion appeared suitably impressed and she warmed to him. He was very easy to talk to with those long clown lines in his pale face, a natural goon, born rather too early she suspected.}}
  • Having the character or sentiments properly belonging to one's position; not unnatural in feelings.
  • * Shakespeare
  • To leave his wife, to leave his babes, / He wants the natural touch.
  • (obsolete) Connected by the ties of consanguinity.
  • * J. H. Newman
  • natural friends
  • (obsolete) Born out of wedlock; illegitimate; bastard.
  • a natural child
  • (of sexual intercourse) Without a condom.
  • Synonyms

    * (as expected) inevitable, necessary, reasonable * (without a condom)


    * (exists in an ecosystem) aberrant, abnormal, artificial * (as expected) aberrant, abnormal, freak, unexpected, unreasonable

    Derived terms

    * naturally * naturalness * natural advantages * natural aging * natural breast * natural business year * natural child * natural childbirth * natural daughter * natural death * natural disaster * natural fiber * natural food * natural frequency * natural gas * natural historian * natural history * natural killer cell * natural language * natural language processing * natural law * natural light * natural logarithm * natural medicine * natural monopoly * natural number * natural philosophy * natural religion * natural resources * natural scale * natural science * natural selection * natural slope * natural son * natural theology * natural virtue * natural wastage * natural world * natural-born * naturalise/naturalize * naturalist * unnatural


    (en noun)
  • * 1615 , Ralph Hamor, A True Discourse of the Present State of Virginia , Richmond 1957, page 3:
  • I coniecture and assure my selfe that yee cannot be ignorant by what meanes this peace hath bin thus happily both for our proceedings and the welfare of the Naturals concluded [...].
  • (music) A note that is not or is no longer to be modified by an accidental, or the symbol used to indicate such a note.
  • One with an innate talent at or for something.
  • He's a natural on the saxophone.
  • An almost white colour, with tints of grey, yellow or brown; originally that of natural fabric.
  • (archaic) One with a simple mind; a fool or idiot.
  • * 1597 , , by Shakespeare, Act 2 Scene 4
  • (Mercutio) [...] this drivelling love is like a great natural , / that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole.
  • One's natural life.
  • * 1929 , (Frederic Manning), The Middle Parts of Fortune , Vintage 2014, page 155:
  • *:‘Sergeant-Major Robinson came in in the middle of it, and you've never seen a man look more surprised in your natural .’
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