paranormal

adjective
para·​nor·​mal | \ˌper-ə-ˈnȯr-məl, ˌpa-rə-;ˈper-ə-ˌnȯr-, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paranormal 

: not scientifically explainable : supernatural

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paranormal noun
paranormality \ˌper-​ə-​ˌnȯr-​ˈma-​lə-​tē, ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun
paranormally \ˌper-​ə-​ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē, 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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Inspired by the real-life tales of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the series kicked off with the story of the Perron family, who move into a Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971 and to discover all manners of supernatural menace. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 Equipped with nothing but a few costumes, some really loud noises, and a pair of paranormal legends, the director extraordinaire crafts a seriously spooky tale of a family and the house that wants them out. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 28 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 11 Oct. 2018 The story follows the supernatural adventures of a geeky freshman named Ethan who is also a Seer that has paranormal visions. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Amazing Disney Channel Shows That You Need to Binge ASAP," 8 Aug. 2018 Or, perhaps the program was never cancelled and paranormal activity is still secretly being put to the test. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A New Look Inside the CIA's Program to Train Psychic Spies," 18 Jan. 2017 In this classic but controversial choice (for this list anyway), a motley crew slap modified vacuums on their backs and hoover up ghosts around a New York City suddenly plagued by paranormal activity. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 Those seeking a closer encounter of the paranormal kind look to book room 3327 of the Hotel del Coronado, the most requested room at the hotel. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 In the same style of The Blair Witch Project, a young couple documents paranormal activity in their suburban house with the help of a camera. 11. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "16 Classic Halloween Movies You Can Stream Right Now," 17 Oct. 2018 Just swap Mandy Moore's grandma wig for paranormal activity. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House Is Basically a Scary This Is Us," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of paranormal

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paranormal was in 1905

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paranormal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paranormal

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

paranormal

adjective
para·​nor·​mal | \ˌpar-ə-ˈnȯr-məl \

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 \ adverb

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