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

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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 Sotdae Saju Cafe offers clairvoyance with cocktails. The Economist, "Prophets and profitsIn South Korea fortune-telling will soon be a $3.7bn business," 24 Feb. 2018 The main focus of his new religion focused on mediumship, and the ability to experience unconscious hallucinations and attain clairvoyance. Sarah Betancourt, Longreads, "The Religion No One Talks About: My Search For Answers in an Old Caribbean Faith," 30 Mar. 2018 Paik Woon-san, head of the Association of Korean Prophets, estimates that there are over 300,000 fortune-tellers in the country, and 150,000 shamans, many of whom provide clairvoyance. The Economist, "Prophets and profitsIn South Korea fortune-telling will soon be a $3.7bn business," 24 Feb. 2018 Khoury's clairvoyance rested on the knowledge that Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein had used their many decades in power to build elaborate moukhabarat (security service) structures that only masqueraded as states., "Baathism caused the chaos in Iraq and Syria," 7 Mar. 2018 Imagine the possibility that these moments of clairvoyance occur simply because of a glitch in your mind's time logs. Adam Bear, Washington Post, "You think you’re clairvoyant, but your brain is just tricking you," 6 Mar. 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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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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