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phenomenon
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as in: The phenomenon was observed... Define
something that exists -- especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
  • All down the ages there have been countless reports of strange phenomena-poltergeists, telepathy, precognition-which you had named but never explained.

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  • It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
  • The phenomenon was predicted by Einstein.

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  • Curiously enough, the very triviality of the phenomenon was beginning to impress George.
  • He seemed to be studying the movement of the plate as if it was just another scientific phenomenon.

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  • Er-well, when you consider what the Overlords know about science, I should hardly think they’d be interested in psychic phenomena and all that sort of nonsense.
  • Rupert didn’t pretend to have more than a detached scientific interest in these phenomena.
  • These held, if George remembered correctly, some fifteen thousand volumes-almost everything of importance that had ever been published on the nebulous subjects of magic, psychic research, divining, telepathy, and the whole range of elusive phenomena lumped in the category of paraphysics.
  • We interrupted your development on every cultural level, but in particular we checked all serious work on paranormal phenomena.

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as in: The phenomenon was observed... Define
something that exists -- especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
as in: She is a phenomenon. Define
someone or something considered extraordinary
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