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[par-uh-sahy-kol-uh-jee] /ˌpær ə saɪˈkɒl ə dʒi/
the branch of psychology that deals with the investigation of purportedly psychic phenomena, as clairvoyance, extrasensory perception, telepathy, and the like.
Origin of parapsychology
1925-30; para-1 + psychology
Related forms
parapsychological, adjective
parapsychologist, noun Unabridged
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the study of mental phenomena, such as telepathy, which are beyond the scope of normal physical explanation
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parapsychological (ˌpærəsaɪkəˈlɒʒɪkəl) adjective
parapsychologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for parapsychology

1924, from para- (1) "beside" + psychology.

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parapsychology in Medicine

parapsychology par·a·psy·chol·o·gy (pār'ə-sī-kŏl'ə-jē)
The study of extrasensory perception, such as telepathy, psychokinesis, and clairvoyance.

par'a·psy'cho·log'i·cal (-sī'kə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) adj.
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parapsychology in Culture
parapsychology [(par-uh-seye-kol-uh-jee)]

The study of extrasensory perception (ESP), communications with the dead, telekinesis (using mental energy to cause distant objects to move), and other mental phenomena that have not been explained or accepted by scientists. (See psychic research.)

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