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[tel-i-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-] /ˌtɛl ɪ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ-/
Origin of telekinesis
First recorded in 1885-90; tele-1 + -kinesis
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[tel-i-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌtɛl ɪ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Why not, if they were experimenting successfully with telekinesis?

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Hallucinations don't respond to telekinesis—there's nothing there to lift.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The telekinesis group all worked together to build a small table.

    Stopover William Gerken
  • One group was lifting pencils and gently returning them to desks by telekinesis.

    Stopover William Gerken
  • Professor, I wanta talk to you some more about this telekinesis stuff.

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
  • Look, professor—this telekinesis stuff—is all that on the level?

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
  • Not necessarily, but Rhine had proved that strength of desire had an effect upon the frequency index of telekinesis.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
  • That would be a phenomenon of possession not very unlike its other phenomena;—and it would be telekinesis.

British Dictionary definitions for telekinesis


/ˌtɛlɪkɪˈniːsɪs; -kaɪ-/
the movement of a body caused by thought or willpower without the application of a physical force
the ability to cause such movement
Derived Forms
telekinetic (ˌtɛlɪkɪˈnɛtɪk; -kaɪ-) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for telekinesis

1890, said to have been coined by Alexander N. Aksakof (1832-1903) Imperial Councilor to the Czar, in Modern Latin, literally "motion at a distance," from tele- + Greek kinesis "movement, motion," from PIE root *kei- "to move to and fro" (see cite). Translates German Fernwirkung.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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