WORD ORIGIN adjective Also psy·chi·cal. of or relating to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical). . Psychology pertaining to or noting mental phenomena. outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual. of or relating to some apparently nonphysical force or agency: psychic research; psychic phenomena. sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature. noun a person who is allegedly sensitive to psychic influences or forces; medium. Origin of psychic
First recorded in
is from the
of the soul. See
-ic Related forms psy·chi·cal·ly, adverb in·ter·psy·chic, adjective non·psy·chic, adjective, noun non·psy·chi·cal, adjective non·psy·chi·cal·ly, adverb un·psy·chic, adjective un·psy·chi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for interpsychic adjective outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy (of a person) sensitive to forces not recognized by natural laws mental as opposed to physical; psychogenic bridge (of a bid) based on less strength than would normally be required to make the bid noun a person who is sensitive to parapsychological forces or influences Derived Forms psychical, adjective psychically, adverb Word Origin for psychic
C19: from Greek
psukhikos of the soul or life
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Word Origin and History for interpsychic adj.
1872, "of or pertaining to the human soul" (earlier
psychical, 1640s), from Greek psykhikos "of the soul, spirit, or mind" (opposed to somatikos), also (New Testament) "concerned with the life only, animal, natural," from psykhe "soul, mind, life" (see psyche). Meaning "characterized by psychic gifts" first recorded 1871. n.
"a medium;" 1870; see
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adj. Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental. Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy. Of or relating to such mental processes. n. A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
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