1. A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
2. See medium.
adj. also psy·chi·cal (-kĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental: psychic trauma; psychic energy.
a. Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.
b. Of or relating to such mental processes.
[From Greek psūkhikos, of the soul, from psūkhē, soul; see bhes- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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