Full record for mind control n.

Definition the ability to control another person's thoughts or actions telepathically
OED requirements antedating 1940
Earliest cite Neil R. Jones, Cat-men of Aemt
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1959 reprint of Leigh Brackett's 1944 "Terror Out of Space"; we would like to verify this in the first magazine appearance in Planet Stories, Summer 1944.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite from "The Cat-men of Aemt", by Neil R. Jones

Earliest cite in the OED is a 1954 cite from T.S. Eliot

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Citations for mind control n.

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1935 J. O'Neill Land under Eng. (1978) Introd. 6 Their techniques of education and mind-control have become developed to the point where they can read another's thoughts ‥
1940 N.R. Jones Cat-Men of Aemt in Astonishing Stories Aug. 46/1 The robots consisted of a domed cylinder mounted on three legs and fitted with four arms terminating in metal claws. They were operated entirely by the mind control of the Aemts.
1940 N.R. Jones Cat-Men of Aemt in Astonishing Stories Aug. 46/1 The robots consisted of a domed cylinder mounted on three legs and fitted with four arms terminating in metal claws. They were operated entirely by the mind control of the Aemts.
1951 Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 24/1 Nothing short of complete mind-control for a period of several weeks.
1959 L. Brackett in D. A. Wollheim Hidden Planet i. 158 And She was a whiz at hypnosis and mind-control.