tele·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ ˌte-li-kə-ˈnē-səs How to pronounce telekinesis (audio) , -kī- \

Definition of telekinesis

: the production of motion in objects (as by a spiritualistic medium) without contact or other physical means

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Other Words from telekinesis

telekinetic \ ˌte-​li-​kə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce telekinetic (audio) \ adjective
telekinetically \ ˌte-​li-​kə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telekinetically (audio) \ 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.

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Recent Examples on the Web The game stars Fenyx, a mortal Greek woman with supernatural powers like flight and telekinesis, on a mission to restore order to Mount Olympus. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Immortals hands-on: I guess Ubisoft is copying Breath of the Wild now," 10 Sep. 2020 As Sissy drives away, Harlan can be seen using telekinesis to levitate a toy. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Breaking Down "The Umbrella Academy" Season 2's Crazy Ending," 7 Aug. 2020 Psychic powers, including telekinesis and telepathy. Dragon King (1981): Real name unknown. cleveland, "Welcome back, Justice Society: Captain Comics," 29 May 2020 The fantasies depicted were encyclopedic in their macabre scope, including murder, séances, ghost hunts, telekinesis, black magic, Nazis, lycanthropy and a visit by Jack the Ripper. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "Revisiting ‘Fantasy Island’: What to Watch," 14 Feb. 2020 Luke is a bona fide, off-the-charts genius who possesses a minor talent for telekinesis. William Sheehan, Washington Post, "Stephen King’s ‘The Institute’ turns our political moment into gripping horror," 9 Sep. 2019 More accurately, Jesse errs on the side of telekinesis and material manipulation. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019 Batman Begins recentered the superhero genre on humans and our fears and aspirations instead of focusing on mystical aliens, magical amulets, telekinesis, or superhuman strength. Kyle Smith, National Review, "How Batman Begins Changed the Movies," 19 July 2019 Some spirits are limited to illusions and mind tricks, others have powers such as telekinesis … but only sometimes? Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "'Annabelle Comes Home' review: Basically, it's an R-rated 'Jumanji' with creepier CGI," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of telekinesis

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telekinesis

New Latin

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“Telekinesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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tele·​ki·​ne·​sis | \ ˌtel-ə-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī- How to pronounce telekinesis (audio) \
plural telekineses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce telekineses (audio) \

Medical Definition of telekinesis

: the apparent production of motion in objects (as by a spiritualistic medium) without contact or other physical means — compare precognition, psychokinesis

Other Words from telekinesis

telekinetic \ -​ˈnet-​ik How to pronounce telekinetic (audio) \ adjective
telekinetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce telekinetically (audio) \ adverb

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