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psychic

[sahy-kik] /ˈsaɪ kɪk/
adjective, Also, psychical
1.
of or relating to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
2.
Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
3.
outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
4.
of or relating to some apparently nonphysical force or agency:
psychic research; psychic phenomena.
5.
sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.
noun
6.
a person who is allegedly sensitive to psychic influences or forces; medium.
Origin of psychic
1855-1860
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
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Examples from the Web for psychically
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  • Germany is wholly alive, physically, intellectually and psychically.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Because you were constricted, physically, psychically, and emotionally.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • We could rebuild the world for them to live in, rebuild it psychically as well as physically.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • No woman should be as strong—as, well—as psychically independent as you are.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • She is happy, and this is all the painter required of her psychically.

    Correggio Estelle M. Hurll
  • All that could be said was that neither materially nor psychically had the tension quite reached breaking-point.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • Apart from his utter exhaustion a pall had fallen upon his spirit—he had become undervitalized physically and psychically.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
British Dictionary definitions for psychically

psychic

/ˈsaɪkɪk/
adjective
1.
  1. outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy
  2. (of a person) sensitive to forces not recognized by natural laws
2.
mental as opposed to physical; psychogenic
3.
(bridge) (of a bid) based on less strength than would normally be required to make the bid
noun
4.
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 psychically

psychic

adj.

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.

psychic

n.

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

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psychically in Medicine

psychic psy·chic (sī'kĭk)
adj.

  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.

n.
A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
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