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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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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“Clairvoyance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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