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[tel-i-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-]
  1. psychokinesis.
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Origin of telekinesis

First recorded in 1885–90; tele-1 + -kinesis
Related formstel·e·ki·net·ic [tel-i-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌtɛl ɪ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for telekinesis

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  • Why not, if they were experimenting successfully with telekinesis?

    Rebels of the Red Planet

    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • Hallucinations don't respond to telekinesis—there's nothing there to lift.


    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The telekinesis group all worked together to build a small table.


    William Gerken

  • One group was lifting pencils and gently returning them to desks by telekinesis.


    William Gerken

  • Professor, I wanta talk to you some more about this telekinesis stuff.

    The Draw

    Jerome Bixby

British Dictionary definitions for telekinesis


  1. the movement of a body caused by thought or willpower without the application of a physical force
  2. the ability to cause such movement
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Derived Formstelekinetic (ˌtɛlɪkɪˈnɛtɪk, -kaɪ-), adjective
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Word Origin and History for telekinesis


1890, said to have been coined by Alexander N. Aksakof (1832-1903) Imperial Councilor to the Czar, in Modern Latin, literally "motion at a distance," from tele- + Greek kinesis "movement, motion," from PIE root *kei- "to move to and fro" (see cite). Translates German Fernwirkung.

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