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.

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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 result, some of the first clear influences seen in Superman come from such stories', which often featured characters who possessed incredible abilities such as superhuman strength, telepathy, and clairvoyance. Theo Karasavvas, Ars Technica, "How modern tech has powered our favorite superheroes through the years," 4 Jan. 2020 The Wheeler, which should soon receive its temporary certificate of occupancy, has its entrance at 181 Livingston. Andrew Wheeler, who lived on Gallatin Place, was cursed with clairvoyance. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores," 22 Nov. 2019 Nameless has experience and know-how, but more importantly possesses the superhuman gift of clairvoyance, allowing him to glimpse both the future and his own enigmatic past. Christian Holub,, "Read an excerpt from Dean Koontz's newest story collection, Nameless," 11 Nov. 2019 Several members complained that the standard of clairvoyance was far too extreme and hurts businesses. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Marijuana retailer, church face off over downtown Anchorage pot shop," 21 Oct. 2019 But, when the concert series fails, the men (particularly the most aggressive of the group, named Bobo, played by Marco St. John) urge her to convert her clairvoyance into an act. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Juleen Compton, a Director and Actor Whose Career Was Tragically Overlooked," 19 June 2019 Pisces — Florence Welch There was no look that better embodied the emotional intuition and clairvoyance of the Pisces than Florence Welch's. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "What Met Gala 2019 Outfit You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 7 May 2019 There’s a whole list of things that American men from 25 to 50 now own because of Todd Snyder’s clairvoyance. Sam Schube, GQ, "The Man Who Taught Men to Love Clothes," 6 Feb. 2018 Their clairvoyance was based not on reading court tea leaves. Holman Jenkins, WSJ, "Gambling Is Coming, So Get Ready to Hate Sports," 18 May 2018

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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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The first known use of clairvoyance was in 1838

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clairvoyance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clairvoyance

: 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


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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