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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
First recorded in 1925-30; para-1 + psychology
Related forms
parapsychological, adjective
parapsychologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for parapsychology
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  • You are then, ah, presenting yourself as an authority on parapsychology, perhaps?

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • If I had asked you to attend an experiment in parapsychology, you'd have agreed at once.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
  • He described the interview with the Psionics and parapsychology people.

    The Edge of the Knife Henry Beam Piper
  • Various tags are used to name them under the heading of parapsychology, magic, and non-verbal communication.

  • The Psionics and parapsychology people weren't the only delegation to reach Blanley that day.

    The Edge of the Knife Henry Beam Piper
  • Fitch, and the two men from the Institute of Psionics and parapsychology were interested in him as a source of study-material.

    The Edge of the Knife Henry Beam Piper
  • "I'm beginning to, since I've been talking to these Psionics and parapsychology people," he laughed.

    The Edge of the Knife Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for parapsychology


the study of mental phenomena, such as telepathy, which are beyond the scope of normal physical explanation
Derived Forms
parapsychological (ˌpærəsaɪkəˈlɒʒɪkəl) adjective
parapsychologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for parapsychology

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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