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[par-uh-nawr-muh l] /ˌpær əˈnɔr məl/
of or relating to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena.
Origin of paranormal
1915-20; para-1 + normal
Related forms
paranormally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paranormal
  • This is a very weird site sprouting paranormal philosophy and holocaust denial, I wouldn't give it much credibility.
  • Belief in the paranormal has also spread well beyond kooky California.
  • She kept an almost paranormal equilibrium among publishers, authors, and the press—not always a consenting threesome.
  • For the last three decades, he has supported sound science and exposed fakes who claimed supernatural or paranormal abilities.
  • The trilogy, a mystery with paranormal elements, follows a sheltered boy who's been told by his parents to avoid the limelight.
  • Content-wise, paranormal seems to have run its course in terms of what's being shopped, especially vampire books.
  • This is no tale of paranormal activity.
  • It also doesn't explain all paranormal activity.
  • We were presented with a lot of dystopian titles and a lot of titles with a so-called paranormal twist.
  • In today's society, myth-making and chasing are a big business, and the supernatural and the paranormal are no longer taboo.
British Dictionary definitions for paranormal


beyond normal explanation
the paranormal, paranormal happenings generally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for paranormal

1905, from para- (1) + normal. Related: Paranormally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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