[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. paraprofessional,
  2. paraprotein,
  3. paraproteinemia,
  4. parapsia,
  5. parapsoriasis,
  6. paraquat,
  7. paraquet,
  8. parareflexia,
  9. pararescue,
  10. pararosanilin

Origin of parapsychology

First recorded in 1925–30; para-1 + psychology

Related formspar·a·psy·cho·log·i·cal, adjectivepar·a·psy·chol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for parapsychology


/ (ˌpærəsaɪˈkɒlədʒɪ) /


the study of mental phenomena, such as telepathy, which are beyond the scope of normal physical explanation
Derived Formsparapsychological (ˌpærəsaɪkəˈlɒʒɪkəl), adjectiveparapsychologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for parapsychology



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

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Medicine definitions for parapsychology


[ păr′ə-sī-kŏlə-jē ]


The study of extrasensory perception, such as telepathy, psychokinesis, and clairvoyance.
Related formspar′a•psy′cho•logi•cal (-sī′kə-lŏjĭ-kəl) adj.

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Culture definitions for 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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