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

Synonyms for clairvoyance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clairvoyance

Historical Examples of clairvoyance

  • By a sort of clairvoyance, Roma could see the Baron in the midst of the scenes he had prearranged.

  • But these belong to the subject of apparitions rather than to that of clairvoyance.


    Charles Webster Leadbeater

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


    Thophile Gautier

  • He had recourse to every superstition of sortilege, clairvoyance, presentiment, and dreams.


    Edward Bellamy

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for clairvoyance



the alleged power of perceiving things beyond the natural range of the sensesSee also extrasensory perception
keen intuitive understanding

Word Origin for clairvoyance

C19: from French: clear-seeing, from clair clear, from Latin clārus + voyance, from voir to see, from Latin vidēre
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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.

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clairvoyance in Medicine




The perception of objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses.
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