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psychokinesis

[sahy-koh-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ-/
noun
1.
the purported ability to move or deform inanimate objects, as metal spoons, through mental processes.
Also called telekinesis.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; psycho- + -kinesis
Related forms
psychokinetic
[sahy-koh-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for psychokineses

psychokinesis

/ˌsaɪkəʊkɪˈniːsɪs; -kaɪ-/
noun
1.
(in parapsychology) alteration of the state of an object by mental influence alone, without any physical intervention
2.
(psychiatry) a state of violent uncontrolled motor activity
Derived Forms
psychokinetic (ˌsaɪkəʊkɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: from psycho- + Greek kinēsis motion
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Word Origin and History for psychokineses

psychokinesis

n.

1914 [Henry Holt, "On the Cosmic Relations"], from psycho- + kinesis. Related: Psychokinetic (1904).

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psychokineses in Medicine

psychokinesis psy·cho·ki·ne·sis (sī'kō-kĭ-nē'sĭs, -kī-)
n. pl. psy·cho·ki·ne·ses (-sēz)
Abbr. PK

  1. An uncontrolled, maniacal outburst, resulting from defective inhibition.

  2. The production or control of motion, especially in inanimate and remote objects, purportedly by the exercise of psychic powers.


psy'cho·ki·net'ic (-kĭ-nět'ĭk, -kī-) adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for psychokineses

psychokinesis

in parapsychology, the action of mind on matter, in which objects are caused to move or change as a result of mental concentration upon them. The physical nature of psychokinetic (PK) effects contrasts with the cognitive quality of extrasensory perception (ESP), the other major grouping of parapsychological phenomena. Levitation is said to result from powers of psychokinesis; such displays are common, though fraudulent, in theatrical magic. In PK tests, the subject attempts by thinking or willing to influence thrown dice, causing a certain die face to turn up or causing the die to land in a certain area. Experimental results, as with other parapsychological phenomena, have been inconclusive.

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