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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And the cast is divided, more or less organically, into small, scrappy groups whose paranormal storylines will eventually converge. Judy Berman, Time, "Season 3 of Stranger Things Proves It Isn't Really a TV Show Anymore—It's a Franchise," 30 June 2019 In fact, the whole Conjuring universe is packed to the brim with paranormal personae, ranging from the silly-spooky to the downright terrifying. Daniel Menegaz,, "All the evil spirits of the Conjuring universe, ranked," 29 June 2019 The film stars its namesake, Annabelle, a demonic doll said by famed paranormal investigators demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren to be haunted. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Spine-tingling fun, ‘Annabelle’ artifact tour screams into Houston," 26 June 2019 In this week's episode, Jennie Marie analyzes the paranormal activity in one couple's home. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Mama Medium' Jennie Marie Warns Couple of Spirits That Could "Hurt" Them," 26 Nov. 2018 Dawn Chartier, the author of seven books in the paranormal, contemporary, and erotic categories, gave a peek into the writer's toolbox. Ann Benoit,, "Writers get into the minds of successful authors at retreat," 18 Mar. 2018 For nine seasons, The X-Files brought tales of the paranormal, supernatural, and alien to television, combining Unsolved Mysteries with a conspiracy theory flair. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'," 12 June 2015 Equally appealing was her co-star Sasha Lane’s Prada dress of brilliant sapphire with a lightening bolt for a bit of paranormal comic charm. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, Stars Went Against the Grain in Unexpected Designers and Retro Fashion," 15 Apr. 2019 Like keeping an eye out for this paranormal investigator's four main signs your home could be haunted. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Living In A Haunted Home Is More Common Than You Think, Study Reveals," 23 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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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

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

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