[sahy-koh-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for psychokinesis

Historical Examples of psychokinesis

  • 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.


    Frederik Pohl

  • 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)

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for psychokinesis



(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychokinesis in Medicine


[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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