te·​lep·​a·​thy | \tə-ˈle-pə-thē \

Definition of telepathy 

: communication from one mind to another by extrasensory means

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Other Words from telepathy

telepathic \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈpa-​thik \ adjective
telepathically \ ˌte-​lə-​ˈpa-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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The mere chance to see a band with its original lineup intact and airtight through a lifetime of musical telepathy trumps any and all possible pyrotechnics. Jordan Runtagh,, "Are You Experience-ed? U2 Brings Spellbinding Tech-Heavy Tour to Madison Square Garden," 28 June 2018 After losing their star man to injury, things got worse for the Reds in the second half when Karius' attempted throw was seen via telepathy by Benzema, who outstretched his leg to give Los Blancos the lead., "Twitter Reacts as Real Madrid Claim 13th European Crown With Bale Heroics in 3-1 Liverpool Win," 26 May 2018 However, Golding’s strongly sensory work — told primarily from the perspective of Lok, the Everyman — leans more heavily on imagination (including a kind of pictorial telepathy) than on research. Nicole Lamy, New York Times, "Books New and Old for the Would-Be Time Traveler," 1 May 2018 The machines will use a form of inter-android telepathy one minute, then fail to exploit its usefulness the next. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways," 24 May 2018 In the comic, Wanda creates her world while psychically connected to X-Men leader Charles Xavier, using his telepathy to read the desires of all her friends and allies. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Avengers: Infinity War may be gearing up to fix Marvel’s X-Men continuity problem," 18 Apr. 2018 As long as people play fair and with good spirits of course telepathy will end up occurring. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Joshua Kane brings 'Borders of the Mind' to Palos Hills," 6 Apr. 2018 Tobii’s response was that eye-tracking isn’t necessarily across-the-room telepathy. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Tobii's eye-tracking tech is niche on PCs, but makes virtual reality feel like magic," 30 Mar. 2018 The lecture mixed neurological theory and armchair anthropology, and ranged over subjects including premonitions, telepathy, hypnotism, hallucinations, and epileptic and migrainous aura. Katherine Foxhall, Smithsonian, "No, Getting a Hole Drilled in Your Head Was Never a Migraine Cure," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of telepathy

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of telepathy was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of telepathy

: a way of communicating thoughts directly from one person's mind to another person's mind without using words or signals


te·​lep·​a·​thy | \tə-ˈle-pə-thē \

Kids Definition of telepathy

: a way of communicating thoughts directly from one mind to another without speech or signs


te·​lep·​a·​thy | \tə-ˈlep-ə-thē \
plural telepathies

Medical Definition of telepathy 

: apparent communication from one mind to another by extrasensory means

Other Words from telepathy

telepathic \ ˌtel-​ə-​ˈpath-​ik \ adjective
telepathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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