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mind reading

the ability to discern the thoughts of others without the normal means of communication, especially by means of a preternatural power.
an act or the practice of so discerning the thoughts of another.
Also called thought reading.
Origin of mind reading
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Some call it mind-reading and some people have been kept guessing to give it a name.

    Prairie Gold Various
  • An instance of Stuart C. Cumberland's mind-reading was cited.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • The “mind-reading” number on the program was at length reached.

    The Young Railroaders Francis Lovell Coombs
  • She said something about mind-reading, mental telepathy and all that.

    The Crystal Ball Roy J. Snell
  • Clairvoyant powers or prophetic gifts are not hers, and above all her mind-reading is a natural process.

  • Is there any such thing as mind-reading or thought-transference?

  • There were no rules on how to deal with mind-reading robots!

  • The next portion of the show consisted of a mind-reading act.

    Wheels Within Charles V. De Vet
  • The proof which the rapping of numbers by mind-reading furnishes has always seemed to be one of the most convincing.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • For this mind-reading, whatever of it he could do, was decidedly his dish.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans

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