clairvoyant

adjective
clair·​voy·​ant | \ kler-ˈvȯi-ənt How to pronounce clairvoyant (audio) \

Definition of clairvoyant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having clairvoyance : able to see beyond the range of ordinary perception claims to be clairvoyant
2 : of or relating to clairvoyance clairvoyant powers the clairvoyant revelations of a medium

clairvoyant

noun

Definition of clairvoyant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one having the power of clairvoyance

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Adjective

clairvoyantly adverb

The Meaning of Clairvoyant Is Clear

Adjective

In French, "clairvoyant" literally means "clear-seeing," mentally or optically. The term made a brief appearance in English in the 17th century, as an adjective suggesting a keen sense of perception, but it did not become firmly established in the language until the 19th century. Today we most often apply this adjective to someone who essentially has ESP, an unexplainable ability to know or perceive things that others cannot. (We also now use "clairvoyant" as a noun for a person who has this ability.) But although "clairvoyant" is nearly always used in the ESP sense these days, the allusion to special powers frequently isn't dead serious. ("Are you clairvoyant? How did you know I was going to wear my flamingo shirt?")

Examples of clairvoyant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Above all, Tesla’s decision to raise an extra $2.3 billion in new stock issuance in February is looking downright clairvoyant. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "How will Tesla weather the coronavirus storm? Quite nicely, analysts predict," 24 Mar. 2020 To say that insiders from both the Democratic and Republican parties have not exactly been clairvoyant about electability in my lifetime would be a massive understatement. David Faris, TheWeek, "Bernie the electable," 11 Feb. 2020 Polls aren’t clairvoyant—especially if an election is close, which was the case in many of the recent surprises. Marcus Woo, Ars Technica, "Election polls aren’t broken, but they still can’t predict the future," 29 Nov. 2019 The author would have been on more solid ground to explore the clairvoyant aspect of the search as a manifestation of the grief experienced by Lady Franklin and British society. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores how clairvoyants and spiritual fads followed 19th century British Arctic expeditions," 7 Dec. 2019 And Katrina Markoff, the 46-year-old founder and CEO of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, works with a crystal healer, a clairvoyant, and an energy worker to maintain her super-zen attitude. Tatiana Boncompagni, Marie Claire, "When Did Work Get So Woo-Woo?," 28 Oct. 2019 There are nights when Green seems not just perceptive, but clairvoyant—working in advance of developments that have yet to occur. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Will Kathleen Turner’s old clairvoyant open her eyes? Los Angeles Times, "On TV, country is the soundtrack to the American dream," 13 Sep. 2019 The team has the authority to make its arrests based on the visions of three clairvoyant individuals who can see into the future. Wired, "Do Our Faces Deserve the Same Protection as Our Phones?," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And as one of the founders of the New York Record Pool — an organization that helped distribute promotional vinyl to D.J.s — in 1975, Mancuso was at the forefront of asserting the D.J.’s role as commercial and critical clairvoyant. Aaron Gonsher, New York Times, "Love Saves the Day Turns 50: Hear 12 of the Loft’s Essential Songs," 13 Feb. 2020 During this same period, clairvoyants were quite the rage in England. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores how clairvoyants and spiritual fads followed 19th century British Arctic expeditions," 7 Dec. 2019 McCorristine goes so far as to describe clairvoyants as a medium of communication, a ridiculous assertion. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores how clairvoyants and spiritual fads followed 19th century British Arctic expeditions," 7 Dec. 2019 This was a fruitful time for New Yorkers with spiritual interests, and Dr. Newbrough fell into the eclectic circles of the city, visiting many seers and clairvoyants. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "A Forgotten Religion Gets a Second Chance in Brooklyn," 7 June 2018 Sure, there are some fights – most of them internecine, as various X-Men start to doubt the leadership of Charles, a powerful clairvoyant who is revealed to have tinkered with Jean’s mind as a child. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: If it’s the final X-Men chapter, ‘Dark Phoenix’ is appropriately funereal," 7 June 2019 Sure, there are some fights — most of them internecine, as various X-Men start to doubt the leadership of Charles, a powerful clairvoyant who is revealed to have tinkered with Jean’s mind as a child. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘Dark Phoenix,’ X-Men’s probable swan song, is a dirge," 6 June 2019 Achilles, a deaf cat who lives at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, will give his predictions for World Cup matches after establishing himself as a soccer clairvoyant during the 2017 Confederations Cup. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Deaf Cat Named Achilles Will Predict Results of World Cup Games," 4 June 2018 So much for my second career as a clairvoyant: The lawsuits were settled, and Babu Ji was resurrected at another address, near Union Square. Pete Wells, New York Times, "For Casual Indian Restaurants, It’s Party Time," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of clairvoyant

Adjective

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clairvoyant

Adjective

French, from clair clear (from Latin clarus) + voyant, present participle of voir to see, from Latin vidēre — more at wit

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“Clairvoyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clairvoyant. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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clairvoyant

adjective
clair·​voy·​ant | \ -ənt How to pronounce clairvoyant (audio) \

Medical Definition of clairvoyant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to clairvoyance

clairvoyant

noun

Medical Definition of clairvoyant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one having the power of clairvoyance

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