telepathy

[tuh-lep-uh-thee]
noun
communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception.
Also called mental telepathy.


Origin:
1880–85; tele-1 + -pathy

telepathic [tel-uh-path-ik] , adjective
telepathically, adverb
nontelepathic, adjective
nontelepathically, adverb
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telepathy (tɪˈlɛpəθɪ)
 
n
psychol telegnosis Compare clairvoyance Also called: thought transference the communication between people of thoughts, feelings, desires, etc, involving mechanisms that cannot be understood in terms of known scientific laws
 
[C19: from tele- + Greek patheia feeling, perception: see -pathy]
 
telepathic
 
adj
 
tele'pathically
 
adv
 
te'lepathist
 
n

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telepathy
1882, coined (along with telæsthesia) by Eng. psychologist Frederic Myers (1843-1901), from tele- "far" (see tele-) + -pathy "feeling." Telepathic is first recorded 1884. The noun telepath is a 1907 back-formation.
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telepathy te·lep·a·thy (tə-lěp'ə-thē)
n.
Communication by means other than through the normal senses.

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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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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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