parapsychology

noun
para·​psy·​chol·​o·​gy | \ ˌper-ə-(ˌ)sī-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce parapsychology (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of parapsychology

: a field of study concerned with the investigation of evidence for paranormal psychological phenomena (such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis)

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Other Words from parapsychology

parapsychological \ ˌper-​ə-​ˌsī-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce parapsychological (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
parapsychologist \ ˌper-​ə-​(ˌ)sī-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce parapsychologist (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of parapsychology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s how horoscopes work, said James Alcock, a professor who researches parapsychology at York University in Canada. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "How app culture turned astrology into a modern obsession," 20 Nov. 2019 Holzer was born in Vienna, Austria, and held post-graduate degrees in comparative religion and parapsychology. Washington Post, "Ghost hunter’s work gets TV afterlife in ‘The Holzer Files’," 16 Oct. 2019 The 1984 film, directed by Ivan Reitman, follows former parapsychology professors who open up a unique ghost removal service and encounter some truly ghoulish scenarios along the way. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Ghostbusters is headed back to movie theaters for its 35th anniversary," 28 Aug. 2019 Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Cineplex: Bill Frisell and ‘Body Snatchers’," 13 June 2018 Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Cineplex: Bill Frisell and ‘Body Snatchers’," 13 June 2018 Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Cineplex: Bill Frisell and ‘Body Snatchers’," 13 June 2018 Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Cineplex: Bill Frisell and ‘Body Snatchers’," 13 June 2018 Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Cineplex: Bill Frisell and ‘Body Snatchers’," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of parapsychology

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parapsychology

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The first known use of parapsychology was in 1925

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“Parapsychology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parapsychology. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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parapsychology

noun
How to pronounce parapsychology (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of parapsychology

: the scientific study of events that cannot be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world

parapsychology

noun
para·​psy·​chol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpar-ə-(ˌ)sī-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce parapsychology (audio) \
plural parapsychologies

Medical Definition of parapsychology

: a field of study concerned with the investigation of evidence for paranormal psychological phenomena (as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis)

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