Definition of Supernatural
(adjective) Beyond the natural or unexplainable by ordinary terms.
Example of Supernatural
- American English – /soo-puhr-nAch-uhr-ruhl/
- British English – /syoo-puh-nAch-uh-ruhl/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈˌsupərˈnætʃ(ə)rəl/
- British English – /ˌsuːpəˈnatʃ(ə)rəl/
- “Additionally, in animism, as with mana, supernatural power is often harnessed through rituals that compel a spirit to act in a desired way” (Hughes and Kroehler 2011:350).
- “Violation of taboos is punishable by the group or even, according to certain belief system, by a supernatural force. The incest taboo which prohibits sexual or marital relations between certain categories of kin, is an example of a nearly universal taboo” (Kendall 2006:56).
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Cite the Definition of Supernatural
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “supernatural.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/supernatural/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
supernatural. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/supernatural/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “supernatural.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/supernatural/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“supernatural.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/supernatural/>.