[ sahy-kik ]
/ ˈsaɪ kɪk /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM psychic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for psychic

/ (ˈsaɪkɪk) /


  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 forms of psychic

psychical, adjectivepsychically, adverb

Word Origin for psychic

C19: from Greek psukhikos of the soul or life
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Medical definitions for psychic

[ sīkĭk ]


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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