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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.
beyond normal explanation
the paranormal, paranormal happenings generally

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


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