parapsychology

[ par-uh-sahy-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌpær ə saɪˈkɒl ə dʒi /

noun

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

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

Examples from the Web for parapsychology

British Dictionary definitions for parapsychology

parapsychology

/ (ˌpærəsaɪˈkɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of mental phenomena, such as telepathy, which are beyond the scope of normal physical explanation

Derived Forms

parapsychological (ˌpærəsaɪkəˈlɒʒɪkəl), adjectiveparapsychologist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for parapsychology

parapsychology

[ păr′ə-sī-kŏlə-jē ]

n.

The study of extrasensory perception, such as telepathy, psychokinesis, and clairvoyance.

Related forms

par′a•psy′cho•logi•cal (-sī′kə-lŏjĭ-kəl) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Culture definitions for parapsychology

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 Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.