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[tuh-lep-uh-thee] /təˈlɛp ə θi/
communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception.
Also called mental telepathy.
Origin of telepathy
First recorded in 1880-85; tele-1 + -pathy
Related forms
[tel-uh-path-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
telepathically, adverb
nontelepathic, adjective
nontelepathically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for telepathically
Historical Examples
  • Cats were all right once you got in touch with them telepathically.

    The Game of Rat and Dragon Cordwainer Smith
  • He was telepathically alive to a range of millions of miles.

    The Game of Rat and Dragon Cordwainer Smith
  • I'll direct you telepathically when you reach Icaria, if we aren't already there.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • But I've already contacted Cheng telepathically and told him to move in.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Miss Metford's information was telepathically conveyed to my sister.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • telepathically they kept me informed, as they wandered up the narrow valley.

    Walls of Acid Henry Hasse
  • The content of his mind is accessible to me—telepathically—in any case.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • "I had a hunch you were following me telepathically," Malone said.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He turned back to Geck and explained, telepathically, as best he could.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • And I wonder that Tischbein was not shamed, telepathically, to return.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
British Dictionary definitions for telepathically


(psychol) the communication between people of thoughts, feelings, desires, etc, involving mechanisms that cannot be understood in terms of known scientific laws Also called thought transference Compare telegnosis, clairvoyance
Derived Forms
telepathic (ˌtɛlɪˈpæθɪk) adjective
telepathically, adverb
telepathist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from tele- + Greek patheia feeling, perception: see -pathy
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Word Origin and History for telepathically



1882, coined (along with telæsthesia) by English psychologist Frederic Myers (1843-1901), from tele- + -pathy. Telepathic is first recorded 1884. The noun telepath is a 1907 back-formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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telepathically in Medicine

telepathy te·lep·a·thy (tə-lěp'ə-thē)
Communication by means other than through the normal senses.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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telepathically in Culture
telepathy [(tuh-lep-uh-thee)]

Knowledge conveyed from one individual to another without means of the five senses; mind reading. (See also extrasensory perception, parapsychology, and psychic research.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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