[ tuh-lep-uh-thee ]
/ təˈlɛp ə θi /


communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception.

Nearby words

  1. teleost,
  2. telepath,
  3. telepathic,
  4. telepathist,
  5. telepathize,
  6. teleph.,
  7. telephone,
  8. telephone answering machine,
  9. telephone bank,
  10. telephone banking

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for telepathically


/ (tɪˈlɛpəθɪ) /


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

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Word Origin and History for telepathically



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

Medicine definitions for telepathically


[ tə-lĕpə-thē ]


Communication by means other than through the normal senses.

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Culture definitions for telepathically


[ (tuh-lep-uh-thee) ]

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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