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[sahy-kik] /ˈsaɪ kɪk/
adjective, Also, psychical
of or relating to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
of or relating to some apparently nonphysical force or agency:
psychic research; psychic phenomena.
sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.
a person who is allegedly sensitive to psychic influences or forces; medium.
Origin of psychic
First recorded in 1855-60, psychic is from the Greek word psȳchikós of the soul. See Psyche, -ic
Related forms
psychically, adverb
interpsychic, adjective
nonpsychic, adjective, noun
nonpsychical, adjective
nonpsychically, adverb
unpsychic, adjective
unpsychically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychical
Historical Examples
  • From now on, evolution is to be a psychical rather than a physical process.

  • The adaptability of the experienced person must be psychical and acquired.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Not one of these theories has been accepted as proved by the Society for psychical Research.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
  • But every psychical object is an object for one particular person only.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • The psychical world, on the other hand, is as we saw, the world which is private property.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • The psychical thing, on the other hand, can exist only for the one immediate experience.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • The psychical life had nothing to do with it but to give the command for its action.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Consciousness is the presupposition for the existence of the psychical objects.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Nothing at all similar can be imagined in the sphere of psychical contents.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Every psychical change had to be conceived as parallel to a physiological change.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
British Dictionary definitions for psychical


  1. outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy
  2. (of a person) sensitive to forces not recognized by natural laws
mental as opposed to physical; psychogenic
(bridge) (of a bid) based on less strength than would normally be required to make the bid
a person who is sensitive to parapsychological forces or influences
Derived Forms
psychical, adjective
psychically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek psukhikos of the soul or life
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Word Origin and History for psychical



1872, "of or pertaining to the human soul" (earlier psychical, 1640s), from Greek psykhikos "of the soul, spirit, or mind" (opposed to somatikos), also (New Testament) "concerned with the life only, animal, natural," from psykhe "soul, mind, life" (see psyche). Meaning "characterized by psychic gifts" first recorded 1871.



"a medium;" 1870; see psychic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychical in Medicine

psychic psy·chic (sī'kĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental.

  2. Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.

  3. Of or relating to such mental processes.

A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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