[ sahy-kik ]
See synonyms for: psychicpsychicspsychically on

adjectiveAlso psy·chi·cal [sahy-ki-kuhl] /ˈsaɪ kɪ kəl/ .
  1. of or relating to the human soul or mind; mental.

  2. Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.

  1. outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.

  2. of or relating to some apparently nonphysical force or agency: psychic research;psychic phenomena.

  3. 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; from Greek psȳchikós “of the soul”; see Psyche, -ic

Other words from psychic

  • psy·chi·cal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·psy·chic, adjective
  • non·psy·chic, adjective, noun
  • non·psy·chi·cal, adjective
  • un·psy·chic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use psychic in a sentence

  • For this Double, or astral body as you call it, is really the seat of the passions, emotions and desires in the psychical economy.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • The inquiries made by the Society for Psychical Research have proved its absolute authenticity and the agreement of the witnesses.

    Urania | Camille Flammarion
  • Flick awoke by one of those subconscious mental perceptions that the Society for Psychical Research is at present investigating.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • Our witness, in any case, would not be a persona grata to the Society for Psychical Research.

    Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
  • Your romanticists claim that the realistic story has no charm, nor excitement, nor psychical thrill.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for psychic


/ (ˈsaɪkɪk) /

    • outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy

    • (of a person) sensitive to forces not recognized by natural laws

  1. mental as opposed to physical; psychogenic

  1. 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

Origin of psychic

C19: from Greek psukhikos of the soul or life

Derived forms of psychic

  • psychical, adjective
  • psychically, adverb

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