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Semantic traps: why vague words are risky

The elusiveness of "natural"

The word "natural" is a common term we hear in our daily lives. We hear it in advertisements, from our local politicians, and many more.

However, the word "natural" itself is an elusive term and many researchers are trying to provide a precise definition for it. Usually, when we hear the word "natural" we almost always assume that it is "inherently good" even though it is almost always far from its actuality.

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