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 natural
 existing in, or caused by, nature

natural meaning
 the meaning or significance of some natural entity or phenomenon

nonnatural meaning
 the meaning of words and sentences

natural number
 The nonnegative whole numbers, zero and those numbers which can be reached by counting upwards from zero.
Occasionally used to mean the strictly positive whole numbers, excluding zero.

naturalistic
 Imitating nature closely.

naturalistic fallacy
 Phrase used by the philosopher G.E.Moore for the fallacy of supposing that the good is susceptible of definition.
 necessary
 could not possibly be otherwise
 See also:
 logical necessity

number

A kind of mathematical object on which computations are performed.

numeral

A written expression (i.e. a bit of syntax) which denotes a number, as distinct from the number itself.
e.g. the numeral which denotes 45 is "45".
Analogous to the disquotional principle (concerning truth) we might put forward a disquotational principle for numerals:
that "'n' denotes n" for all numerals n.
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