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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Other Words from paranormal

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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Nyman also acts in the film as Phillip Goodman, a professor who was scarred by his parents and spends his life aggressively debunking paranormal claims. Peter Hartlaub, Houston Chronicle, "Film Review: Complex ‘Ghost Stories’ balances horror, intrigue and humor," 4 May 2018 But below the stalls and stands is a maze of catacombs, dark corners and maybe even paranormal activity. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Bishopville isn’t the only town to turn local reports of terrifying paranormal encounters into annual festivals. Joseph P. Laycock, Smithsonian, "A Search for Mysteries and Monsters in Small Town America," 11 July 2018 Is the Secret Service trained in paranormal activity? Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dear Mr. President, did you know the Milwaukee hotel where you're staying might be haunted?," 27 June 2018 But in this case the good guys are not after a paranormal entity. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Quagga mussels, Eurasian water milfoil, spiny water fleas ... and a catchy tune," 20 June 2018 Owner Zak Bagans, a paranormal investigator and host of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, created a spine-tingling sensory experience that showcases his incredible trove of macabre treasures. Kim Windyka, Daily Intelligencer, "The 9 Best Offbeat Museums to Visit in Las Vegas," 16 June 2018 Art Bell, an apostle of the paranormal whose disembodied voice drew millions to his late-night radio soapbox beamed from the Mojave Desert, died on April 13 at his home in Pahrump, Nev. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Art Bell, Radio Host Who Tuned In to the Dark Side, Dies at 72," 17 Apr. 2018 Apparently, there was more paranormal activity to be had that night, which may have to do with this unexpected discovery. Ryan Adelson, Good Housekeeping, "Ghost Hunters Completely Spooked After Finding a "Ghost" Photobombed Their Picture," 7 Nov. 2016

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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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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 \

Medical Definition of paranormal 

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

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paranormally \ \ adverb

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