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  1. communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception.

Origin of telepathy

First recorded in 1880–85; tele-1 + -pathy
Also called mental telepathy.
Related formstel·e·path·ic [tel-uh-path-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈpæθ ɪk/, adjectivetel·e·path·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·path·ic, adjectivenon·tel·e·path·i·cal·ly, adverb
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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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for telepathically


  1. psychol the communication between people of thoughts, feelings, desires, etc, involving mechanisms that cannot be understood in terms of known scientific lawsAlso called: thought transference Compare telegnosis, clairvoyance
Derived Formstelepathic (ˌtɛlɪˈpæθɪk), adjectivetelepathically, adverbtelepathist, noun

Word Origin

C19: from tele- + Greek patheia feeling, perception: see -pathy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

telepathically in Medicine


  1. Communication by means other than through the normal senses.
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telepathically in Culture



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

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