[par-uh-nawr-muh l]
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  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

First recorded in 1915–20; para-1 + normal
Related formspar·a·nor·mal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of paranormal

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

  • Researchers have accumulated data on the power of prayer and faith, and on paranormal manifestations.

  • I have just pointed out in detail certain purely physical processes for provoking the production of paranormal phenomena.

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

  • At present I am observing a more complex case, in which paranormal phenomena accompany automatic writing.

British Dictionary definitions for paranormal


  1. beyond normal explanation
  1. the paranormal paranormal happenings generally
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Word Origin and History for paranormal

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper