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telekinesis

[tel-i-ki-nee-sis, -kahy-] /ˌtɛl ɪ kɪˈni sɪs, -kaɪ-/
noun
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; tele-1 + -kinesis
Related forms
telekinetic
[tel-i-ki-net-ik, -kahy-] /ˌtɛl ɪ kɪˈnɛt ɪk, -kaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for telekinesis

telekinesis

/ˌtɛlɪkɪˈniːsɪs; -kaɪ-/
noun
1.
the movement of a body caused by thought or willpower without the application of a physical force
2.
the ability to cause such movement
Derived Forms
telekinetic (ˌtɛlɪkɪˈnɛtɪk; -kaɪ-) adjective
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Word Origin and History for telekinesis
n.

1890, said to have been coined by Alexander N. Aksakof (1832-1903) Imperial Councilor to the Czar, in Modern Latin, literally "motion at a distance," from tele- + Greek kinesis "movement, motion," from PIE root *kei- "to move to and fro" (see cite). Translates German Fernwirkung.

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Encyclopedia Article for telekinesis

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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