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telepathy

[tuh-lep-uh-thee] /təˈlɛp ə θi/
noun
1.
communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception.
Also called mental telepathy.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; tele-1 + -pathy
Related forms
telepathic
[tel-uh-path-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
telepathically, adverb
nontelepathic, adjective
nontelepathically, adverb
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  • While the connection from one paragraph to the next may be clear in your mind, the rest of us are not gifted with telepathy.
British Dictionary definitions for telepathy

telepathy

/tɪˈlɛpəθɪ/
noun
1.
(psychol) the communication between people of thoughts, feelings, desires, etc, involving mechanisms that cannot be understood in terms of known scientific laws Also called thought transference Compare telegnosis, clairvoyance
Derived Forms
telepathic (ˌtɛlɪˈpæθɪk) adjective
telepathically, adverb
telepathist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from tele- + Greek patheia feeling, perception: see -pathy
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Word Origin and History for telepathy
n.

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.

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telepathy in Medicine

telepathy te·lep·a·thy (tə-lěp'ə-thē)
n.
Communication by means other than through the normal senses.

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telepathy in Culture
telepathy [(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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Encyclopedia Article for telepathy

direct transference of thought from one person (sender or agent) to another (receiver or percipient) without using the usual sensory channels of communication, hence a form of extrasensory perception (ESP). While the existence of telepathy has not yet been proved, some parapsychological research studies have produced favourable results using such techniques as card guessing with a special deck of five sets of five cards. The agent may simply think of a random order of the five card symbols while the percipient tries to think of the order on which the agent is concentrating. In a general ESP test the sender concentrates on the face of one card at a time while the receiver tries to think of the symbol. Both subjects are, of course, separated by a screen or some greater obstacle or distance. Scores significantly above chance are extremely rare, particularly as testing methods have become more rigorous.

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