adjective Also, psychical.
of or pertaining 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 pertaining 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.

1855–60; < Greek psȳchikós of the soul. See Psyche, -ic

psychically, adverb
interpsychic, adjective
nonpsychic, adjective, noun
nonpsychical, adjective
nonpsychically, adverb
unpsychic, adjective
unpsychically, adverb Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
psychic (ˈsaɪkɪk)
1.  a.  outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy
 b.  (of a person) sensitive to forces not recognized by natural laws
2.  mental as opposed to physical; psychogenic
3.  bridge (of a bid) based on less strength than would normally be required to make the bid
4.  a person who is sensitive to parapsychological forces or influences
[C19: from Greek psukhikos of the soul or life]

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Word Origin & History

1871 (n.) "a medium;" 1873 (adj.) "of or pertaining to the human soul" (earlier psychical, 1642), from Gk. psykhikos "of the soul, spirit, or mind," from psykhe- "soul, mind" (see psyche). Meaning "characterized by psychic gifts" first recorded 1895.
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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.
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Example sentences
In any given situation, psychical violence is easily and objectively understood to either have or have not taken place.
Here you have whole communities for who survival of the regime is equal to psychical survival.
The patient has so to speak undergone a psychical fixation as to the trauma.
One aspect of that change is the notion that psychical benefit need not have much of a downside.
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