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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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  • In this way the "medium" became clairvoyant, clairaudient, telekinetic.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Light may hamper the production of telekinetic movements, but it will not prevent it.

  • The account illustrates automatic utterance as well as other forms of motor automatism, and possibly also telekinetic phenomena.

  • He'd shielded himself perfectly from any telekinetic force—and I had no weapons.

    Sight Gag Laurence Mark Janifer
  • I am, of course, speaking under the supposition that telekinetic or parakinetic movements are desired.

  • I have noticed that, every time we allow voluntary or involuntary movements, telekinetic movements are difficult to obtain.

British Dictionary definitions for telekinetic


/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
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Word Origin and History for telekinetic



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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