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Psychokinesis (PK; from Greek: ψυχή, psychē ["mind, spirit, soul, life"] + κίνησις, kinesis, ["motion, movement"]; literally "mind-movement"), or telekinesis (TK; from Greek: τῆλε, tele, ["faroff, distant"] + κίνησις, kinesis; literally "distant-movement") refers to the reported ability of individuals to move or influence objects by the direct action of force of will (thought) alone without the application of any known physical force, or by application of an unknown force. While PK and TK are often used interchangeably in popular usage, TK may also be more generally defined as any "movement of or motion in an object, animate or inanimate, produced without contact with the body producing the motion," hence not necessarily being suggestive of mind-over-matter or psychic phenomena.
The term "telekinesis" was first used by Alexander N. Aksakof in 1890, while "psychokinesis" was coined in Henry Holt's On the Cosmic Relations twenty-four years later in 1914, being popularised by J. B. Rhine in the 1930s.
- "Telekinesis", The Century Dictionary, 8, New York: Century Company, 1895, p. 6214