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clairvoyance

[klair-voi-uh ns] /klɛərˈvɔɪ əns/
noun
1.
the supernatural power of seeing objects or actions removed in space or time from natural viewing.
2.
quick, intuitive knowledge of things and people; sagacity.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < French, equivalent to clairvoy(ant) clairvoyant + -ance -ance
Synonyms
2. intuition, penetration, discernment, vision.
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Examples from the web for clairvoyance
  • Her gift of clairvoyance led her to help many to read their pasts as a tool to light their present dilemmas.
  • But there is precious little sign that such clairvoyance exists.
  • He gives up narrative destination for destiny, clarification for clairvoyance.
  • Your attempt at speculative clairvoyance as to one's national origin or indeed actual dwelling is wide of the mark.
  • Fortunately, she has resources of calmness and clairvoyance which enable her to endure the trials he engineers.
  • The lady, it seems, has a sister who practices clairvoyance of some sort.
  • Few people had the clairvoyance to anticipate its astonishing growth and vitality.
British Dictionary definitions for clairvoyance

clairvoyance

/klɛəˈvɔɪəns/
noun
1.
the alleged power of perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses See also extrasensory perception
2.
keen intuitive understanding
Word Origin
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
n.

"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

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

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Encyclopedia Article for clairvoyance

knowledge of information not necessarily known to any other person, not obtained by ordinary channels of perceiving or reasoning-thus a form of extrasensory perception (ESP). Spiritualists also use the term to mean seeing or hearing (clairaudience) the spirits of the dead that are said to surround the living. Research in parapsychology-such as testing a subject's ability to predict the order of cards in a shuffled deck-has yet to provide conclusive support for the existence of clairvoyance.

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