cold reading

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The technique, or an instance, of using likely guesses and assumptions, then narrowing in on any positive responses, in order to give the impression of having information about a person or event.
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The self-described psychic was merely using cold reading.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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cold readingUsed other than as an idiom: see cold, reading.
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