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?")

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Paul, an ostensibly clairvoyant Octopus vulgaris, accurately predicted the results of all of Germany’s games during the 2010 soccer World Cup, including the final. Tik Root, Time, "Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm," 21 Aug. 2019 The latest horror movie on the streaming platform, a Filipino movie titled Eerie, follows a clairvoyant guidance counselor who tries to find out what caused a teenage girl to commit suicide while staying at an all-girls Catholic school. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "New Netflix Ghost Movie Eerie Has Viewers 'Sleeping with the Lights On': 'Really Good Horror'," 14 Aug. 2019 Not even a clairvoyant like Khadija could know that. National Geographic, "Music in Morocco: The ultimate sonic journey," 23 July 2019 Spiegel also noted that Märtha Louise claimed to be a clairvoyant herself. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Märtha Louise of Norway Is No Stranger to Notoriety," 8 Aug. 2019 Margaret Qualley's mom may be a famous movie star — Andie MacDowell — but her dad has clairvoyant superpowers. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Margaret Qualley Scored a Role in a Tarantino Film: "Book a Ticket to Panama"," 7 Aug. 2019 The result is a system, dubbed Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), that produces nearly clairvoyant harmony between driver and machine. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Lamborghini’s Huracán EVO Sees the Future—And Makes You Look Great," 15 June 2019 The opinion writers weren’t completely clairvoyant. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Remember the Globe Opinion satirical Trump front page? He’s moving closer to making it a reality," 18 June 2019 At 432 Park Avenue, for instance, a concierge will secure a celebrity guest for a birthday party or house-train a pet, while at 30 Park Place, in TriBeCa, residents have access to a clairvoyant or a crystal healer, depending on their needs. Julie Satow, New York Times, "The Widows of the Plaza Hotel," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Tyler The Hollywood Medium, has quickly become one of the most in-demand clairvoyants out there. The Editors, Cosmopolitan, "Watch Tyler The Hollywood Medium Help This Cosmo Editor Connect With Her Late Grandmother," 9 Mar. 2018 The Fox sisters of Rochester became a sensation by holding séances in which the dead communicated through rappings, and Andrew Jackson Davis, seer and clairvoyant, emerged as the leader of American spiritualism. Louis P. Masur, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Apparitionists,’ by Peter Manseau," 3 Nov. 2017 Perhaps the most fascinating documents now available are related to STAR GATE, a 25-year-long attempt to see if clairvoyants and psychics could be of use in military and intelligence operations. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Over 12 Million Pages of CIA Documents Are Now Accessible Online," 18 Jan. 2017 Honestly, Musk himself and certain gifted clairvoyants are in the best position for predictions in that realm. Kenzie Bryant, vanityfair.com, "Elon Musk Revolutionizes Celebrity Breakup P.R.," 8 Aug. 2017

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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

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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