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.

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From the above example, friend one and two demonstrate a relatively standard range of sensitivity, while friend three and four exhibit more extreme extrasensory abilities. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 2018 Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner’s extrasensory musical comes back to us courtesy of the Irish Repertory Theater. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner’s extrasensory musical comes back to us in a revival courtesy of the Irish Repertory Theater. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "14 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 Making out with Elektra Natchios in the rain demonstrates Daredevil’s extrasensory abilities. Peter Nagy, The Atlantic, "TV's Radical, Bisexual Comic-Book Antihero," 19 Mar. 2018 So, in addition to her boundless cleverness, Matilda develops some extrasensory powers as a defense against the small-mindedness of the adults around her. Punch Shaw, star-telegram.com, "‘Matilda’ brings Roald Dahl’s story to glorious life," 15 June 2017 The laboratory has conducted studies on extrasensory perception and telekinesis from its cramped quarters in the basement of the university’s engineering building since 1979. Randy Dotinga, WIRED, "They Shoulda Seen It Coming: Parapsychology Unit to Close," 12 Feb. 2007

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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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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