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[sahy-kom-i-tree] /saɪˈkɒm ɪ tri/
Psychology. psychometrics.
the alleged art or faculty of divining facts concerning an object or a person associated with it, by contact with or proximity to the object.
Origin of psychometry
First recorded in 1850-55; psycho- + -metry
Related forms
psychometric, psychometrical, adjective
[sahy-kom-i-trish-uh n] /saɪˌkɒm ɪˈtrɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
psychometrist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychometry
Historical Examples
  • There are no special directions to be given the student in psychometry.

  • The phenomena of psychometry are also dependent upon these radiations, as will presently be explained.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • She suggested I should meet her at Paddington, and then go to a lecture on psychometry with her, and tea afterwards.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • psychometry brings up these ancient characters as vividly and truthfully as history.

  • What "association" is in the case of Memory, so is the material object presented as the "associated object" in psychometry.

  • When a true civilization arrives, arbitration will supersede courts, and psychometry will assist in making it perfect.

  • His claim to membership was two-fold: he remembered past lives, and had the strange power of psychometry.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • His gift of psychometry, none the less, was considered proved—in spite of the backward and indifferent dealers.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • It seems that since our beloved Dentons departure you are almost left alone to fight the great battle of psychometry.

  • The history of psychometry is filled with remarkable instances of this kind.

British Dictionary definitions for psychometry


noun (psychol)
measurement and testing of mental states and processes See also psychometrics
(in parapsychology) the supposed ability to deduce facts about events by touching objects related to them
Derived Forms
psychometrician (ˌsaɪkəʊməˈtrɪʃən), psychometrist, noun
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