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Definition of phantom adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    phantom

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈfæntəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæntəm//
     
    [only before noun]
     
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  1. 1like a ghost a phantom horseman
  2. 2existing only in your imagination phantom profits phantom illnesses a phantom pregnancy (= a condition in which a woman seems to be pregnant but in fact is not)
  3. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘illusion, delusion’): from Old French fantosme, based on Greek phantasma, from phantazein ‘make visible’, from phainein ‘to show’.
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