clair​voy​ant | \ kler-?v?i-?nt How to pronounce clairvoyant (audio) \

Definition of clairvoyant

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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



Definition of clairvoyant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one having the power of clairvoyance

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clairvoyantly adverb

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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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Spiegel also noted that M?rtha Louise claimed to be a clairvoyant herself. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess M?rtha 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, "Lamborghinis Huracn EVO Sees the FutureAnd Makes You Look Great," 15 June 2019 The opinion writers werent completely clairvoyant. Martin Finucane,, "Remember the Globe Opinion satirical Trump front page? Hes 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 In keeping a finger directly on the pulse of Paris's prettiest beauty moments, Olivia Wilde enjoys an approach that is almost clairvoyant. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Olivia Wilde Pulls Off a Straight-from-the-Runway Beauty Look in Paris," 1 Oct. 2018 Warning: Contains Spoilers No TV recapper is clairvoyant, and none of us can accurately predict a universal reaction among millions of viewers. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 Reagan was clairvoyant when introducing his final high court nominee. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Anthony Kennedy: Swing justice wielded quiet power in a range of high-profile cases," 27 June 2018

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Sure, there are some fights C 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 Jeans mind as a child. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: If its 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 Jeans mind as a child. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "Dark Phoenix, X-Mens 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,, "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, Its 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 sances 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,, "Elon Musk Revolutionizes Celebrity Breakup P.R.," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of clairvoyant


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clairvoyant


French, from clair clear (from Latin clarus) + voyant, present participle of voir to see, from Latin vidre more at wit

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Medical Definition of clairvoyant

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: of or relating to clairvoyance



Medical Definition of clairvoyant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one having the power of clairvoyance

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