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Origin of telepathy

First recorded in 1880–85; tele-1 + -pathy
Also called mental telepathy.
Related formstel·e·path·ic [tel-uh-path-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈpæθ ɪk/, adjectivetel·e·path·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·tel·e·path·ic, adjectivenon·tel·e·path·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of telepathic

Historical Examples of telepathic

  • There was no repetition of the telepathic means of communication.

  • He asserted that he was able to do this by a sort of telepathic vision.


    W. W. Baggally

  • Everyone has it, to some degree; no telepathic thought can break through it.

    Suite Mentale

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • We want to get our telepathic transmissions distant, definite, and reproducible.

    The Arena


  • Now the point is that every detail in this telepathic vision was correct.

    The Arena


British Dictionary definitions for telepathic


  1. psychol the communication between people of thoughts, feelings, desires, etc, involving mechanisms that cannot be understood in terms of known scientific lawsAlso called: thought transference Compare telegnosis, clairvoyance
Derived Formstelepathic (ˌtɛlɪˈpæθɪk), adjectivetelepathically, adverbtelepathist, noun

Word Origin for telepathy

C19: from tele- + Greek patheia feeling, perception: see -pathy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for telepathic



1882, coined (along with telæsthesia) by English psychologist Frederic Myers (1843-1901), from tele- + -pathy. Telepathic is first recorded 1884. The noun telepath is a 1907 back-formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

telepathic in Medicine


  1. Communication by means other than through the normal senses.
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telepathic in Culture



Knowledge conveyed from one individual to another without means of the five senses; mind reading. (See also extrasensory perception, parapsychology, and psychic research.)

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