extrasensory

adjective ex·tra·sen·so·ry \ ˌek-strə-ˈsen(t)s-rē , -ˈsen(t)-sə- \

Definition of extrasensory

: residing beyond or outside the ordinary senses

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Since extra means "outside, beyond", extrasensory means basically "beyond the senses". Extrasensory perception, or ESP, usually includes communication between minds involving no obvious contact (telepathy), gaining information about something without using the normal senses (clairvoyance), or predicting the future (precognition). According to polls, about 40% of Americans believe in ESP, and many of them have had personal experiences that seem to prove its existence. When someone jumps into your mind months or years after you had last thought of him or her, and the next day you learn that the person has just died, it can be hard to convince yourself it was just coincidence. Still, scientific attempts to prove the existence of ESP have never been terribly successful.

First Known Use of extrasensory

1934


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extrasensory

adjective ex·tra·sen·so·ry \ ˌek-strə-ˈsen(t)s-(ə-)rē \

medical Definition of extrasensory

: residing beyond or outside the ordinary senses

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