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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 psychical
Historical Examples
  • Certainly all psychical phenomena is a continual coming and going, a producing and being produced.

    An Introduction to Psychology Wilhelm Max Wundt
  • I mean by psychical function that portion of the brain in which psychos has its origin.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • They both were late in coming to maturity, and psychical ripeness was much behind even the physical.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Especially is this true in the case of those who suffer from psychical atavism.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • But with respect to psychical differences it was altogether another matter.

    Adventurings in the Psychical H. Addington Bruce
  • I refer to the proceedings of the Society for psychical Research.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • As to the future of psychical science and opinion, I feel sure that great things are now ahead.

    Psychical Miscellanea J. Arthur Hill
  • This proposition may be expressed thus: Everything that is perceived is psychical.

    The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet
  • I do not feel competent to pronounce upon this hypothesis in the present embryonic state of psychical science.

  • I remembered that we lived in an age of 'telepathy' and psychical research.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
British Dictionary definitions for psychical


  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 psychical



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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psychical 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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