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[sahy-koh-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ-/
the purported ability to move or deform inanimate objects, as metal spoons, through mental processes.
Also called telekinesis.
Origin of psychokinesis
First recorded in 1910-15; psycho- + -kinesis
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[sahy-koh-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychokinesis
Historical Examples
  • I caught an occasional word, like 'oxygen' and 'psychokinesis.'

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • "You claimed that the human mind possessed powers of psychokinesis," I said.

    Pythias Frederik Pohl
  • In effect, what appeared to be foreknowledge was psychokinesis—the same phenomenon as the movement of crumbs of cheese by my rat.

    The Leader William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)
  • That is if we assume that the process is at all parallel with the phenomena of psychokinesis and levitation.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for psychokinesis


/ˌsaɪkəʊkɪˈniːsɪs; -kaɪ-/
(in parapsychology) alteration of the state of an object by mental influence alone, without any physical intervention
(psychiatry) a state of violent uncontrolled motor activity
Derived Forms
psychokinetic (ˌsaɪkəʊkɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: from psycho- + Greek kinēsis motion
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Word Origin and History for psychokinesis

1914 [Henry Holt, "On the Cosmic Relations"], from psycho- + kinesis. Related: Psychokinetic (1904).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychokinesis in Medicine

psychokinesis psy·cho·ki·ne·sis (sī'kō-kĭ-nē'sĭs, -kī-)
n. pl. psy·cho·ki·ne·ses (-sēz)
Abbr. PK

  1. An uncontrolled, maniacal outburst, resulting from defective inhibition.

  2. The production or control of motion, especially in inanimate and remote objects, purportedly by the exercise of psychic powers.

psy'cho·ki·net'ic (-kĭ-nět'ĭk, -kī-) adj.
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