clair·​voy·​ance | \ kler-ˈvȯi-ən(t)s How to pronounce clairvoyance (audio) \

Definition of clairvoyance

1 : the power or faculty of discerning objects not present to the senses
2 : ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception : penetration The fortune-teller practices clairvoyance when she gazes into a crystal ball to see her client's future.

Examples of clairvoyance in a Sentence

I don't believe in clairvoyance, but I can't explain how he knew those things about my grandmother. people who claim to have clairvoyance are sometimes asked to help locate missing persons
Recent Examples on the Web As a teenager growing up in the Netherlands, Massaro’s parents became involved in the Silva Method, a self-help program that purports to build states of heightened awareness and teach students clairvoyance. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2022 With all of this in mind, here are my predictions for technology in 2022 — not based on any clairvoyance, but on my understanding of technology, industry and society. Ravi Mayuram, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 For example, clairvoyance permits Raz to enter the minds of others and see himself from their perspective. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 Reports of sixth-sense experiences, like clairvoyance, were the norm. Chantel Tattoli, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 Glenn Dicterow, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, emphasized a similar cocktail of diplomacy and clairvoyance. Jeremy Eichler,, 12 Feb. 2022 To do this, he must be struck by lightning and learn the art of clairvoyance from Don Cosme, an old callawaya who reads fortunes in town. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 While the book largely revolves around two protagonists, Indir and Saya, Huerta does an amazing job at building, piece by piece, a fantastical world filled with magic, clairvoyance and mythology. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Along with his clairvoyance, Sztojka inherited his 150-year-old tarot cards from his great-great-grandmother, who herself was a fortuneteller in a time when the tradition was a much greater part of Roma identity. Justin Spike, ajc, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clairvoyance

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clairvoyance

see clairvoyant entry 1

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“Clairvoyance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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clair·​voy·​ance | \ kla(ə)r-ˈvȯi-ən(t)s, kle(ə)r- How to pronounce clairvoyance (audio) \

Medical Definition of clairvoyance

: the power or faculty of discerning objects or matters not present to the senses

called also cryptesthesia

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