para·​nor·​mal ˌper-ə-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce paranormal (audio)
: not scientifically explainable : supernatural
paranormal noun
paranormality noun
ˌper-ə-ˈnȯr-mə-lē How to pronounce paranormal (audio)

Examples of paranormal in a Sentence

there are rumors that the old deserted mansion is the site of paranormal activity
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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paranormal was in 1905

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“Paranormal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


para·​nor·​mal ˌpar-ə-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce paranormal (audio)
: not understandable in terms of known scientific laws and phenomena
experiments in paranormal cognition of drawingsPsychological Abstracts
paranormally adverb

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