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[tuh-lep-uh-thee] /təˈlɛp ə θi/
communication between minds by some means other than sensory perception.
Also called mental telepathy.
Origin of telepathy
1880-85; tele-1 + -pathy
Related forms
[tel-uh-path-ik] /ˌtɛl əˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
telepathically, adverb
nontelepathic, adjective
nontelepathically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for telepathic
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  • For a telepathic race there are no false fronts or motives or impulses.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • There was no repetition of the telepathic means of communication.

  • He can't be telepathic, or he wouldn't bother to keep us alive after he's combed our brains.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • He asserted that he was able to do this by a sort of telepathic vision.

    Telepathy W. W. Baggally
  • In the next lesson, I shall give you a number of exercises and methods designed to develop your telepathic powers.

  • Everyone has it, to some degree; no telepathic thought can break through it.

    Suite Mentale Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for telepathic


(psychol) the communication between people of thoughts, feelings, desires, etc, involving mechanisms that cannot be understood in terms of known scientific laws Also called thought transference Compare telegnosis, clairvoyance
Derived Forms
telepathic (ˌtɛlɪˈpæθɪk) adjective
telepathically, adverb
telepathist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from tele- + Greek patheia feeling, perception: see -pathy
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Word Origin and History for telepathic



1882, coined (along with telæsthesia) by English psychologist Frederic Myers (1843-1901), from tele- + -pathy. Telepathic is first recorded 1884. The noun telepath is a 1907 back-formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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telepathic in Medicine

telepathy te·lep·a·thy (tə-lěp'ə-thē)
Communication by means other than through the normal senses.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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telepathic in Culture
telepathy [(tuh-lep-uh-thee)]

Knowledge conveyed from one individual to another without means of the five senses; mind reading. (See also extrasensory perception, parapsychology, and psychic research.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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