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clairvoyant

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adjective clair·voy·ant \-ənt\

Definition of clairvoyant

  1. 1 :  having clairvoyance :  able to see beyond the range of ordinary perception <claims to be clairvoyant>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to clairvoyance <clairvoyant powers>

clairvoyantly adverb


Did You Know?

In French, "clairvoyant" literally means "clear-seeing," mentally or optically. The term made a brief appearance in English in the 17th century, as an adjective suggesting a keen sense of perception, but it did not become firmly established in the language until the 19th century. Today we most often apply this adjective to someone who essentially has ESP, an unexplainable ability to know or perceive things that others cannot. (We also now use "clairvoyant" as a noun for a person who has this ability.) But although "clairvoyant" is nearly always used in the ESP sense these days, the allusion to special powers frequently isn't dead serious. ("Are you clairvoyant? How did you know I was going to wear my flamingo shirt?")

Origin of clairvoyant

French, from clair clear (from Latin clarus) + voyant, present participle of voir to see, from Latin vidēre — more at wit


First Known Use: 1844


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clairvoyant

noun clair·voy·ant

Definition of clairvoyant

  1. :  one having the power of clairvoyance



1846

First Known Use of clairvoyant

1846

Rhymes with clairvoyant


Medical Dictionary

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clairvoyant

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adjective clair·voy·ant \-ənt\

Medical Definition of clairvoyant

  1. :  of or relating to clairvoyance




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clairvoyant

noun clair·voy·ant

Medical Definition of clairvoyant

  1. :  one having the power of clairvoyance





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