para·​nor·​mal | \ ˌper-ə-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce paranormal (audio) , ˌpa-rə-; ˈper-ə-ˌnȯr-, ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paranormal

: not scientifically explainable : supernatural

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Other Words from paranormal

paranormal noun
paranormality \ ˌper-​ə-​ˌnȯr-​ˈma-​lə-​tē How to pronounce paranormality (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun
paranormally \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce paranormally (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ ; ˈper-​ə-​ˌnȯr-​ , ˈpa-​rə-​ \ adverb

Examples of paranormal in a Sentence

there are rumors that the old deserted mansion is the site of paranormal activity
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First Known Use of paranormal

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Paranormal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of paranormal

: very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world


para·​nor·​mal | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce paranormal (audio) \

Medical Definition of paranormal

: not understandable in terms of known scientific laws and phenomena experiments in paranormal cognition of drawingsPsychological Abstracts

Other Words from paranormal

paranormally \ -​ē How to pronounce paranormally (audio) \ adverb

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