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adjective Also psy·chi·cal.
  1. of or relating to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
  2. Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
  3. outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
  4. of or relating to some apparently nonphysical force or agency: psychic research; psychic phenomena.
  5. sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for psychical

Historical Examples of psychical

  • From now on, evolution is to be a psychical rather than a physical process.

  • The adaptability of the experienced person must be psychical and acquired.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • Not one of these theories has been accepted as proved by the Society for Psychical Research.


    W. W. Baggally

  • But every psychical object is an object for one particular person only.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • The psychical world, on the other hand, is as we saw, the world which is private property.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

British Dictionary definitions for psychical


    1. outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy
    2. (of a person) sensitive to forces not recognized by natural laws
  1. mental as opposed to physical; psychogenic
  2. bridge (of a bid) based on less strength than would normally be required to make the bid
  1. 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 psychical



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

psychical in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental.
  2. Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.
  3. Of or relating to such mental processes.
  1. A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
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