- the supernatural power of seeing objects or actions removed in space or time from natural viewing.
- quick, intuitive knowledge of things and people; sagacity.
Origin of clairvoyance
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Examples from the Web for clairvoyance
By a sort of clairvoyance, Roma could see the Baron in the midst of the scenes he had prearranged.The Eternal City
But these belong to the subject of apparitions rather than to that of clairvoyance.Clairvoyance
Charles Webster Leadbeater
At the first glance he divined my interior trouble, and I hated him for his clairvoyance.Clarimonde
He had recourse to every superstition of sortilege, clairvoyance, presentiment, and dreams.Lost
Now, may it not be that this supplies a suggestion as to the cause of the phenomenon of clairvoyance?Real Ghost Stories
William T. Stead
- the alleged power of perceiving things beyond the natural range of the sensesSee also extrasensory perception
- keen intuitive understanding
Word Origin and History for clairvoyance
"paranormal gift of seeing things out of sight," 1837, from special use of French clairvoyance (Old French clerveans, 13c.) "quickness of understanding, sagacity, penetration," from clairvoyant (see clairvoyant). A secondary sense in French is the main sense in English.
- The perception of objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses.