natural language

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natural + language

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natural language (countable and uncountable, plural natural languages)

  1. (retronym, linguistics) Any human language that has evolved naturally in a community, usually in contrast to computer programming languages, to controlled natural languages, and to constructed languages such as Esperanto (although constructed languages are subject to change by natural forces among fluent speakers).
    It'll be a long time before computers understand natural language.

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