Parallel universe

Physics. any of a hypothetical collection of undetectable universes that are like our known universe but have branched off from our universe due to a quantum-level event.
See also .
(in cosmology) a hypothetical universe that coexists with our known universe but may operate under fundamentally different laws of physics.
See also .
Also called alternative universe. (in science fiction, fantasy, etc.) a separate universe or world that coexists with our known universe but is very different from it.
a realm of existence and experience that is fundamentally different from the one that most humans share; a separate reality:
I don’t understand him—I think he lives in a parallel universe.
Contemporary Examples

They operate in a parallel universe, allowed to switch nationalities but only among the non-English speaking nations.
Stars Who Can’t Do Accents Richard Rushfield December 8, 2010

And for the duration I lived in a parallel universe to the one I knew on the outside.
My Story As a Pacifist in Israel Jonathan Ben-Artzi August 15, 2012

Beck has essentially created a parallel universe for his viewers.
Is Glenn Beck a Fake? Dana Milbank October 3, 2010

Night after night, speaking in Spanish, Ramos is a parallel universe Lou Dobbs.
Latino Media Superstar Trashes Obama Bryan Curtis June 27, 2010

Lost art offers a parallel universe, with riches to match those in all of our museums today, and then some.
Nazi Art Hoard Just the Tip of the Iceberg for Lost Art Noah Charney November 12, 2013

The fight for Florida is being waged largely in a parallel universe, a good deal of it via Spanish-language media.
Dispatches From the Swing States The Daily Beast November 2, 2008

Welcome to the Obama Haters Book Club—a parallel universe of fear mongering for fun and profit.
The Obama Haters Book Club: The Canon Swells John Avlon October 25, 2012

Adventures in the parallel universe of Christian Pop Culture and a contributing editor at The Week magazine.
The Biggest Names in Sex Daniel Radosh January 12, 2009

Historical Examples

“It’s the parallel universe business, of course,” he said to Pete, with Tommy beaming over his shoulder.
PRoblem Alan Edward Nourse


a theory that there is a mirror universe and when one makes a decision in this universe, an alternate ‘you’ in the other universe makes the opposite decision


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