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.


a person who is allegedly sensitive to psychic influences or forces; medium.

Origin of psychic

First recorded in 1855–60, psychic is from the Greek word psȳchikós of the soul. See Psyche, -ic
Related formspsy·chi·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·psy·chic, adjectivenon·psy·chic, adjective, nounnon·psy·chi·cal, adjectivenon·psy·chi·cal·ly, adverbun·psy·chic, adjectiveun·psy·chi·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for psychic

Contemporary Examples of psychic

Historical Examples of psychic

  • Let me say at once that I am not taking up the question of the psychic, or entering into it at all.

  • Does it not throw some doubts upon your own psychic fitness for mating at all?

  • Both gipsy and psychic expert had failed in their prophecies.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • In other words, there must be a psychic interest preceding the sex act.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • The greater the fear of failure, the more the psychic impotence increases.

British Dictionary definitions for psychic



  1. outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy
  2. (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


a person who is sensitive to parapsychological forces or influences
Derived Formspsychical, adjectivepsychically, adverb

Word Origin for psychic

C19: from Greek psukhikos of the soul or life
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Word Origin and History for psychic

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.


"a medium;" 1870; see psychic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychic in Medicine




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.


A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
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