tele·​ki·​ne·​sis ˌte-li-kə-ˈnē-səs How to pronounce telekinesis (audio)
: the production of motion in objects (as by a spiritualistic medium) without contact or other physical means
telekinetic adjective
telekinetically adverb

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Tele- in Greek means "far off". The eternally appealing idea of moving an object remotely, using only psychic powers, has had a long life in films, TV shows, stories and novels, video games, and comics. But although some researchers believe in the existence of telekinesis (also known as psychokinesis), most scientists believe that any reported experiences have been the result of fraud, wishful thinking, or naturally explainable events.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Before then, her abilities mostly manifest themselves via premonitions that almost any character with or without telekinesis could be having. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 13 Jan. 2023 Carrie’s telekinesis is a cathartic expression of the intensity of her feelings — the subconscious made manifest. Chloe Okuno, Variety, 21 Dec. 2022 Fortunato use his telekinesis to extract Arturo’s sperm and impregnate her with it. Eric Rosenblum, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2022 The gift of telekinesis renders Carrie a social leper and liability despite her best attempts to be good and fit in. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 21 Oct. 2022 The gem still exploded, but a fragment of it became embedded into Ulysses’ chest, granting him immortality, telekinesis, fighting skills and more. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 7 Oct. 2022 Oodles of blood, a healthy dose of telekinesis, and a young John Travolta make this a must-see. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Sep. 2022 The mysterious, indeterminate nature of quantum causation is said to solve puzzles such as the foundations of consciousness and the possibility of free will, as well as vindicate dubious practices such as telekinesis and homeopathy. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 The concept of the whisper method is similar to that of telekinesis (bear with us). Anya Meyerowitz, Glamour, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telekinesis was in 1890

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“Telekinesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


tele·​ki·​ne·​sis ˌtel-ə-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī- How to pronounce telekinesis (audio)
plural telekineses -ˌsēz How to pronounce telekinesis (audio)
: the apparent production of motion in objects (as by a spiritualistic medium) without contact or other physical means compare precognition, psychokinesis
telekinetic adjective
telekinetically adverb

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