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[sahy-kik] /ˈsaɪ kɪk/
adjective, Also, psychical
of or relating to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
of or relating to some apparently nonphysical force or agency:
psychic research; psychic phenomena.
sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.
a person who is allegedly sensitive to psychic influences or forces; medium.
Origin of psychic
1855-60; < Greek psȳchikós of the soul. See Psyche, -ic
Related forms
psychically, adverb
interpsychic, adjective
nonpsychic, adjective, noun
nonpsychical, adjective
nonpsychically, adverb
unpsychic, adjective
unpsychically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychic
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  • Symptoms are both of a physical and of a psychic character, but the psychic symptoms predominate.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • Let me say at once that I am not taking up the question of the psychic, or entering into it at all.

  • The odor may have some psychic effect, and it is possible that some of the oily matter may be absorbed by the skin.

  • Does it not throw some doubts upon your own psychic fitness for mating at all?

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • The medium was a psychic of the Corliss type, an automatist who delivered his “spirit messages” by word of mouth.

    Adventurings in the Psychical H. Addington Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for psychic


  1. outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy
  2. (of a person) sensitive to forces not recognized by natural laws
mental as opposed to physical; psychogenic
(bridge) (of a bid) based on less strength than would normally be required to make the bid
a person who is sensitive to parapsychological forces or influences
Derived Forms
psychical, adjective
psychically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek psukhikos of the soul or life
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Word Origin and History for psychic

1872, "of or pertaining to the human soul" (earlier psychical, 1640s), from Greek psykhikos "of the soul, spirit, or mind" (opposed to somatikos), also (New Testament) "concerned with the life only, animal, natural," from psykhe "soul, mind, life" (see psyche). Meaning "characterized by psychic gifts" first recorded 1871.


"a medium;" 1870; see psychic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychic in Medicine

psychic psy·chic (sī'kĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental.

  2. Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.

  3. Of or relating to such mental processes.

A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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