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[klair-voi-uh ns] /klɛərˈvɔɪ əns/
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
1840-50; < French, equivalent to clairvoy(ant) clairvoyant + -ance -ance
2. intuition, penetration, discernment, vision. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had recourse to every superstition of sortilege, clairvoyance, presentiment, and dreams.

    Lost Edward Bellamy
  • clairvoyance, indeed, is a faculty which has no direct moral relations.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • This vision, granting the honesty of the seers, was a case of ‘clairvoyance,’ but ‘symbolical hallucinations’ frequently occur.

  • A clairvoyance, deeper than knowledge, came to Virginia while she looked at her.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • A something inexplicable, which may be classed with the mysterious phenomena of clairvoyance and “horse-whispering.”

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • Why should not the waking soul have also its moments of clairvoyance?

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • She thought of many things while she sat there, with that look of clairvoyance, of radiant vision, in her eyes.

    One Man in His Time Ellen Glasgow
  • Above that we have the senses of taste, hearing, sight, smell and clairvoyance.

    How to Become Rich William Windsor
  • Whenever the power of expression is retained, we see the development of clairvoyance at the approach of death.

  • At the first glance he divined my interior trouble, and I hated him for his clairvoyance.

    Clarimonde Thophile Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for clairvoyance


the alleged power of perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses See also extrasensory perception
keen intuitive understanding
Word Origin
C19: from French: clear-seeing, from clair clear, from Latin clārus + voyance, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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clairvoyance in Medicine

clairvoyance clair·voy·ance (klâr-voi'əns)
The perception of objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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