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From peri- "near-" and normal, by analogy with paranormal. In sense 2, apparently coined by Richard Dawkins, though he does not claim to have been its sole originator.


perinormal ‎(not comparable)

  1. (medicine) Prepathological; lying between normal and pathological.
  2. Having previously been thought to be a paranormal phenomenon, but having since been scientifically verified as natural.
    • 2007 March 3, Sam Vaknin, Ph.D., “Parapsychology and the Paranormal”, The Paranormal & Ghost Society, Google Groups
      The eventual acceptance by the scientific community and incorporation into the mainstream of science of phenomena that were once considered paranormal and then perinormal (e.g., hypnotism).