psychokinesis

[ sahy-koh-ki-nee-sis, -kahy- ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ- /
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noun

the purported ability to move or deform inanimate objects, as metal spoons, through mental processes.

Nearby words

  1. psychographic,
  2. psychographics,
  3. psychography,
  4. psychohistory,
  5. psychoimmunology,
  6. psychol.,
  7. psycholepsy,
  8. psycholinguistics,
  9. psychological,
  10. psychological block

Origin of psychokinesis

First recorded in 1910–15; psycho- + -kinesis

Also called telekinesis.

Related formspsy·cho·ki·net·ic [sahy-koh-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective

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Examples from the Web for psychokinesis

  • That is if we assume that the process is at all parallel with the phenomena of psychokinesis and levitation.

    Out Like a Light|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In effect, what appeared to be foreknowledge was psychokinesis—the same phenomenon as the movement of crumbs of cheese by my rat.

    The Leader|William Fitzgerald Jenkins (AKA Murray Leinster)
  • I caught an occasional word, like 'oxygen' and 'psychokinesis.'

    Rebels of the Red Planet|Charles Louis Fontenay
  • "You claimed that the human mind possessed powers of psychokinesis," I said.

    Pythias|Frederik Pohl


British Dictionary definitions for psychokinesis

psychokinesis

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊkɪˈniːsɪs, -kaɪ-) /

noun

(in parapsychology) alteration of the state of an object by mental influence alone, without any physical intervention
psychiatry a state of violent uncontrolled motor activity
Derived Formspsychokinetic (ˌsaɪkəʊkɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for psychokinesis

C20: from psycho- + Greek kinēsis motion

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Word Origin and History for psychokinesis

psychokinesis

n.

1914 [Henry Holt, "On the Cosmic Relations"], from psycho- + kinesis. Related: Psychokinetic (1904).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for psychokinesis

psychokinesis

[ sī′kō-kĭ-nēsĭs, -kī- ]

n. pl. psy•cho•ki•ne•ses (-sēz)

An uncontrolled, maniacal outburst, resulting from defective inhibition.
The production or control of motion, especially in inanimate and remote objects, purportedly by the exercise of psychic powers.
Related formspsy′cho•ki•netic (-kĭ-nĕtĭk, -kī-) adj.


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