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paranormal

[par-uh-nawr-muh l] /ˌpær əˈnɔr məl/
adjective
1.
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
1915-1920
1915-20; para-1 + normal
Related forms
paranormally, adverb
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  • They were fellow pariahs, Suspended for one reason or another from paranormal privileges.

    Cerebrum Albert Teichner
  • As for photographs, I have never obtained any paranormal ones.

  • The existence of paranormal photography is affirmed by sincere and honourable men, and their experiments deserve to be resumed.

  • But my principle is not to let these considerations have any weight, when judging of a paranormal fact.

  • Like every other paranormal, I received my education by tapping Central for contact with information centers and other minds.

    Cerebrum Albert Teichner
British Dictionary definitions for paranormal

paranormal

/ˌpærəˈnɔːməl/
adjective
1.
beyond normal explanation
noun
2.
the paranormal, paranormal happenings generally
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Word Origin and History for paranormal
adj.

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

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