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 of clairvoyance from the Web
Because here is the dirty secret of anomalous phenomena like telepathy and clairvoyance: They’ve been demonstrated dozens of times, often by reputable scientists.
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Origin and Etymology of clairvoyance
First Known Use: 1838
CLAIRVOYANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clairvoyance for English Language Learners
: an ability to communicate with dead people, to predict future events, or to know about things that you did not actually see happen or hear about
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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