- the purported ability to move or deform inanimate objects, as metal spoons, through mental processes.
Origin of psychokinesis
Also called telekinesis.
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Examples from the Web for 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.Pythias
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
- (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
C20: from psycho- + Greek kinēsis motion
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Word Origin and History for psychokinesis
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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