Full record for psionics n.

Definition (the study of) the paranormal
OED requirements antedating 1951
Earliest cite J. Williamson 'The Greatest Invention'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from Jack Williamson's "Man Down". Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Jack Williamson's "The Greatest Invention".

Earliest cite in the OED database: 1953

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Citations for psionics n.

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1952 J. Williamson Man Down in Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 112/1 Stripped of all those mechanisms that many million minds had helped to make, he couldn't hope to do much with his own small smattering of neutrionics and psionics.
1953 ‘T. Sturgeon’ More Than Human 206 Seems that gravitics is the key to everything. It would lead to the addition of one more item to the Unified Field—what we now call psychic energy, or ‘psionics’.
1994 B. Bova Craft of Writing Sci. Fict. that Sells vi. 43 At the very least, it can lead to stories that are filled with jargon such as space warp, psionics, antigravs, droids and such.