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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The 2019 mazes take their inspiration from Seasons 2 and 3, taking visitors back to the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, site of more than its fair share of paranormal drama. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Want your Halloween horror-filled or Not-So-Scary? Pick your poison at Disney or Universal," 16 Sep. 2019 The Haunting of Hill House A professor and his team investigate paranormal occurrences at a spooky mansion in F. Andrew Leslie’s adaptation of the Shirley Jackson terror tale. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: Bill Irwin’s ‘On Beckett,’ Ethan Coen’s ‘A Play Is a Poem’ and more," 15 Sep. 2019 But UFOs aren’t the only paranormal sightings in Pennsylvania. oregonlive, "Forget Area 51: Thousands sign up to ‘storm Loch Ness’ to find monster," 24 July 2019 The first target in the premiere of this unscripted paranormal series a weird lake mist that seems to have a mind of its own. Ed Stockly,, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC," 20 June 2019 In an exclusive clip from episode 2 of NBC’s new paranormal crime series The InBetween, Cassie’s about to find out! Ruth Kinane,, "Cassie has to deal with a creepy house guest in The InBetween clip," 5 June 2019 Also, there was familiarity with the gumiho as an immortal paranormal creature that preys on man is similar to the Western mythology of the werewolf (also connected to the moon) and also the vampire. Elena Nicolaou,, "Move Over, Vampires — There's A New Mythological Creature In YA Fiction & She Is Foxy," 25 June 2019 Since some people believe the property is haunted, paranormal tours also are available. CBS News, "Iconic "Hunger Games" filming location named to National Register of Historic Places," 21 June 2019 Armed with proton packs, four paranormal investigators battle mischievous ghouls in New York. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019

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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

Other Words from paranormal

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

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