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psychic

[sahy-kik] /ˈsaɪ kɪk/
adjective, Also, psychical
1.
of or relating to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
2.
Psychology. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
3.
outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
4.
of or relating to some apparently nonphysical force or agency:
psychic research; psychic phenomena.
5.
sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.
noun
6.
a person who is allegedly sensitive to psychic influences or forces; medium.
Origin of psychic
1855-1860
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
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  • The masquerade that had affected her physically, had affected her psychically and in each instance profoundly.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • We could rebuild the world for them to live in, rebuild it psychically as well as physically.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • Any special command you wish to convey to another person, psychically, you will do well to practice before the mirror in this way.

  • She is happy, and this is all the painter required of her psychically.

    Correggio Estelle M. Hurll
  • Man is as unconditionally subject to the law of causality, psychically and physically, as the merest atom.

  • All that could be said was that neither materially nor psychically had the tension quite reached breaking-point.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • I could not account for it without widening my whole conception of what was psychically possible.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
British Dictionary definitions for psychically

psychic

/ˈsaɪkɪk/
adjective
1.
  1. outside the possibilities defined by natural laws, as mental telepathy
  2. (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
noun
4.
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 psychically

psychic

adj.

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.

n.

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

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psychically in Medicine

psychic psy·chic (sī'kĭk)
adj.

  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.

n.
A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
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