Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation: such paranormal phenomena as telepathy; a medium's paranormal powers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That which cannot be explained by scientific methods.
  • adj. Supernatural.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to parapsychology; pertaining to forces or mental processes, such as extrasensory perception or psychokinesis, outside the possibilities defined by natural or scientific laws.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. seemingly outside normal sensory channels
  • adj. not in accordance with scientific laws

Etymologies

para- (“above, beyond; abnormal”) +‎ normal; compare supernatural. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The book itself goes along the lines of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, settling for the title paranormal suspense.

    "Dark Maiden" by Norma Lehr

  • When considering these and other unconventional scientific topics, it might be useful for science journalists to abandon the term paranormal and think about aspects of them that may be normal and natural, and therefore worthy of normal journalistic inquiry.

    American Chronicle

  • The discovery was made Friday night when the Brooke County Paranormal Society visited the mansion to conduct what they call a paranormal investigation, something they do frequently at different locations.

    News for NBC13.com

  • He argues that perhaps the strongest single drive in human beings is what he calls the paranormal belief imperative.

    Atheist Blogs Aggregated

  • I'm not sure what the word "paranormal" is supposed to mean, other than phenomena that you personally believe don't exist.

    A Big-Picture Look At Darwinism

  • Paula: I wasn’t trying to insult with the term paranormal romance.

    Matt Cook’s Blood Magic series

  • Everybody's haunted by something, even people who think the paranormal is stupid.

    Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses "I'm Looking Through You"

  • The combination of mystery and paranormal is a fond personal favorite, and a reimagining of this story is one I think I would have fun with, from both a creative and a viewer standpoint.

    MIND MELD: SciFi TV Shows That Deserve A Remake (with Videos)

  • And since paranormal is a fave of mine, I figure if authors can write about demons and werewolves and vampires mating with humans, then I'd think writing about other cultures would be a snap.

    Homework for White Folks

  • I'm not a big believer in paranormal activity, but this phrase makes me laugh and describes almost exactly the way these things make me feel: mystified and curmudgeonly.

    bike log

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