Definitions

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

  • adj. Greatly exceeding the normal or average but still obeying natural laws.
  • adj. Paranormal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Beyond what is normal; exceeding the average or the point of reference.
  • adj. Paranormal, supernatural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Above or beyond what is normal; unusual or extraordinary, but not abnormal.

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

  • adj. exceeding the normal or average
  • adj. beyond the range of the normal or scientifically explainable

Etymologies

Coined from super- and normal between 1865 and 1870. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I refer therefore to them as I find them described in the psychology called supernormal; because, from force of circumstances I am compelled to recognize that it is within this psychology that I must now continue the discussion.

    Lola or, The Thought and Speech of Animals

  • _there is a residuum of knowledge displayed_ that can only be called supernormal: the medium taps some source of information not open to ordinary people.

    Memories and Studies

  • Lovecraft dealt not with the supernatural but with the "supernormal," as Joshi puts it -- the unrealized side of material reality.

    The Lovecraft News Network

  • Perhaps a clearer understanding of this important subject will be had if we but substitute the term "supernormal" for that of "supernatural."

    Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers

  • The term "supernormal" is not commonly employed, and but few know that such

    Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers

  • Intensive Samyama meditation will reveal your exceptional ability to develop "supernormal" powers.

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  • Just because potential shareholders should have factored in the future loss of monopoly rents (aka supernormal pro ...

    ZDNet Australia

  • "supernormal"; and such should lose no opportunity in pointing out this important distinction whenever the subject arises in conversation or argument -- for the propaganda of truth should be earnestly and vigorously pursued, in order that the world may be liberated from its chains of error.

    Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers

  • The other kind is the spiritual deed, in which the hero learns to experience the supernormal range of human spiritual life and then comes back with a message.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • With power trading at 10 rupees per unit a few years back, most projects expected to make supernormal profits from such open market sales in the first two to three years of commissioning, driving the overall returns to over 30%.

    Power Investments Fail to Take Off

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