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
  1. adjective
    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
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    Antonyms:
    normal
    in accordance with scientific laws
  2. adjective
    seemingly outside normal sensory channels
    synonyms: extrasensory
    clairvoyant, psychic
    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
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    Antonyms:
    sensorial, sensory
    involving or derived from the senses
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