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

Examples of telekinesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Does the fact that this is accomplished with telekinesis somehow justify it? Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 Wanda uses telekinesis to forcibly cast the entire population of Westview as compliant extras ready to act out her contrived, domestic narrative -- with little regard for their intense pain. Leah Dolan, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Science journalists regularly disappoint people by refusing to confirm really cool things like UFOs, past-life recall, astral projection, telekinesis, clairvoyance and so on. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 In a later segment of the sequel, Raz has to compete in a cooking competition, using telekinesis to drop an egg into a steamer, or a pig under a chopper. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 This show could have easily had Scarlet Witch battling baddies with powers like telekinesis in every episode, flying around the picket-fence fantasy hurling energy balls at some mystical villain. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 16 Jan. 2021 Wanda's abilities are extremely powerful; through her chaos magic, the superhero can create energy to move things through telekinesis, create force fields, and even fly. Ineye Komonibo,, 16 Jan. 2021 And zapping and telekinesis (well, actually Wanda uses that to make dinner right away). Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 Telepathy and telekinesis are the joining factors if the show is pulling from this character for Cindy. Rachel Paige,, 27 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of telekinesis was in 1890

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“Telekinesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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

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