Definition of clairvoyance in English:

clairvoyance

noun

  • The supposed faculty of perceiving things or events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.

    ‘she stared at the card as if she could contact its writer by clairvoyance’
    • ‘If you could do a bit of mind and thought reading, clairvoyance, prophecy and divination, that is all it takes to be a magician.’
    • ‘Price reports that significant fractions of Americans believe in astrology, clairvoyance, telepathy, and communication with the dead.’
    • ‘She claimed to understand black magic and to possess clairvoyance, ESP, and other senses unsubstantiated by science.’
    • ‘Students who score well on one type of ESP test, such as clairvoyance, are also likely to score well on another, such as telepathy.’
    • ‘I have only recently begun to explore my psychic side, but have been strong in the areas of psychic dreams and clairvoyance.’
    • ‘He gained an early reputation for faith healing and clairvoyance and won fame throughout Mexico for his playful and unorthodox cures for a range of maladies including cancer and lameness.’
    • ‘Apparently I have the same clairvoyance that my mother had.’
    • ‘Other terms for clairvoyance include second sight, shadow sight, prophecy, and spiritual communication.’
    • ‘Thus, it is possible that the attempt to explain the déjà vu experience in terms of lost memory, past lives, clairvoyance, and so on may be completely misguided.’
    • ‘Now some might call that telepathy, others clairvoyance or precognition, or others dub it a trick or coincidence.’
    • ‘Prophecy and clairvoyance are so widely believed by millions of people that magicians are credited with psychic powers that not even Nostradamus would dare claim.’
    • ‘He provides two experiments for pure clairvoyance in the Appendix, predicting that both will provide nonsignificant results.’
    • ‘She regularly flies to the USA to see clients and give talks on astrology, palmistry, tarot and how to develop clairvoyance.’
    • ‘Instead of sunshine and bright colours she sees shadows and spirits, and, having gained the power of clairvoyance, can foresee death.’
    • ‘I should also note clairvoyance or telepathy may be the reason why some people do significantly better than chance in guessing experiments.’
    • ‘Anecdotes about psychokinesis and clairvoyance are given more credence than experimental results questioning these effects.’
    • ‘As in both of the other experiments, there were two conditions: one testing for clairvoyance and the other for true precognition.’
    • ‘We can awaken our power of clairvoyance with training.’
    • ‘Things that may be pure coincidence may appear to her as signs of clairvoyance.’
    • ‘Further awakening of the inner potentials gradually bestows the supernormal powers of premonition, afflatus, telepathy, clairvoyance and prophecy.’
    second sight, psychic powers, esp, extrasensory perception, sixth sense
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from French. from clair ‘clear’ + voir ‘to see’.

Pronunciation

clairvoyance

/ˌklɛrˈvɔɪəns//ˌklerˈvoiəns/