paranormal

Use the adjective paranormal to talk about things that are outside of normal experience, like ESP, ghosts, and UFOs.

You might describe your friend's uncanny ability to bend spoons with her mind as paranormal, or beyond a scientific explanation. While many people don't believe in any kind of paranormal events, there are those who see or hear things they can't explain rationally. The Greek word para, "against, or contrary to," is paired up with normal: if it goes against what's normal, you can probably describe it as paranormal.

DEFINITIONS OF: paranormal

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adj seemingly outside normal sensory channels

Synonyms:
extrasensory
clairvoyant
perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses
telegnostic
obtaining knowledge of distant events allegedly without use of normal sensory mechanisms
telepathic
communicating without apparent physical signals
Antonyms:
sensorial, sensory
involving or derived from the senses

adj not in accordance with scientific laws

“what seemed to be paranormal manifestations”
Synonyms
unnatural
not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature
parapsychological
beyond normal physical explanation
psychic, psychical
outside the sphere of physical science
psychokinetic
moving an object without apparent use of physical means
supernormal, supranormal
beyond the range of the normal or scientifically explainable
extrasensory
seemingly outside normal sensory channels
Antonyms:
normal
in accordance with scientific laws
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