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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 telepathy
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  • They report to me by telepathy whenever I send my thoughts their way.

  • telepathy is the mode of communication with the cubes, and you rule them by your will.

  • But somehow the telepathy stuff didn't work at all according to propaganda.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • There are several theories to explain the action of telepathy.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
  • That he had not found her there seemed to him conclusive proof that there was nothing in telepathy.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • That was another one of the things he believed in—telepathy.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • Arcot spent the rest of the evening teaching them the Venerian system of telepathy.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Thorndyke's telepathy would be occupied in taking this perception and using it.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Her telepathy had returned, obviously; she was in better control of herself.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for telepathy


(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 telepathy

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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telepathy 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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telepathy 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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