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Definition of Supernatural

(adjective) Beyond the natural or unexplainable by ordinary terms.

Example of Supernatural

  • ghosts

Supernatural Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: su·per·nat·u·ral

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • 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/

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Kendall, Diana. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

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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 March 5, 2024 (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 March 5, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/supernatural/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“supernatural.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Mar. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/supernatural/>.