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  • IPA(key): /tɛlə.pəˈthɛtɪk/

Etymology 1[edit]

Blend of telepathy +‎ pathetic


telepathetic (comparative more telepathetic, superlative most telepathetic)

  1. (informal, rare, humorous) Bad at telepathy.

Etymology 2[edit]

telepathy +‎ -etic


telepathetic (comparative more telepathetic, superlative most telepathetic)

  1. (nonstandard) Alternative form of telepathic
    • 1946, Erich Hofacker, "Review of The Concept of Love in the Works of Hermann Stehr by Karl Siegfried Weimar," Monatshefte, vol. 38, no. 1, p. 56:
      An interesting angle brought out by the author is the telepathetic bond of affinity that, according to Stehr, exists between true friends.
    • 1981, Roger Schlobin, "Book Reviews: Andre Norton Reprinted," Science Fiction Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, p. 220:
      Storm Over Warlock and its sequel, Ordeal in Otherwhere, feature two important themes in Norton's fiction: sentient, benevolent, and telepathetic animals and the profound value of empathy and cooperation.
    • 1997, Satyajit Ray, Gopa Majumdar, The royal Bengal mystery and other Feluda stories, Puffin ISBN 9780140275902, page 53
      Feluda stared, as though he had seen a ghost, and exclaimed, 'My word, what a coincidence! I was just dialling your number.' 'Really? Now, that must mean I have got a telepathetic link with you, after all,' Lalmohan Babu laughed, looking pleased. Neither of us had the heart to tell him the correct word was 'telepathic'.
    • 2002, Lung-Kee Sun, The Chinese National Character: From Nationhood to Individuality, M.E. Sharpe ISBN 9780765608260, page 107
      A post-World War I book by A. Linckewicz, a professor at the University of Vienna, averred that once there had existed a telepathetic human species, higher than today's human beings.
    • 2006, Tara Gilesbie, chapter 30, in My Immortal:
      Suddenly an idea I had. I clozd my eyes and using my vampire powers I sent a telepathetic massage to Drako and Vampire so they would destruct Snape.
    • 2010, Vincent Trigili, The Enemy of an Enemy, Vydorian Realms Publishing ISBN 9781452345208, page 171
      [] Now that I can be there and pretend to care about my orders by escorting him, what he wants can be done,” I said with a big smirk. Then over our telepathetic net I said, “Andreya, please make sure to hide all our newly acquired things before I board with him.” “Will do,” she replied. “Captain, I think we are ready,” I said.
    • 2005, Ian Souter, Pocket Tales Year 6 Twenty Pounds and All That Nonsense[1], page 19:
      Besides, after two minutes of stretching and beaming my eyes in his direction, all I got was a dizzy spell—telepathetic, really.
    • 1995 September 20, Matt Clonfero, “SC-21 class?”, in sci.military.naval, Usenet[2]:
      And one minor nit: consultants are not telepathic, they're telepathetic.
    • 2000 May 24, Eskimo Joe, “Who's quote? Who's book?”, in alt.writing, Usenet[3]:
      And yes, my medium gives a good massage but when it comes to clairvoyance she's telepathetic.
    • 2000 September 26, Village Idiot, “Blood Brothers MC”, in alt.military.police, Usenet[4]:
      Weren't you on this newsgroup a few years back trying to impress us with your psychic investigation, channeling, remote viewing BS. That was pretty telepathetic.