/klair voy"euhns/, n.
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.
[1840-50; < F, equiv. to clairvoy(ant) CLAIRVOYANT + -ance -ANCE]
Syn. 2. intuition, penetration, discernment, vision.

* * *

French“clear seeing”

      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.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Clairvoyance — Terminology An experiment in Sensory deprivation aiming to stimulate clairvoyance Definition the ability to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses …   Wikipedia

  • clairvoyance — [ klɛrvwajɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1580; de clairvoyant 1 ♦ Vue exacte, claire et lucide des choses. ⇒ acuité, discernement, finesse, flair, lucidité, perspicacité. Analyser la situation avec clairvoyance. Rien n échappe à sa clairvoyance. 2 ♦ Parapsychol.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • clairvoyance — CLAIRVOYANCE. s. f. Sagacité et pénétration dans les affaires. C est un homme habile et qui a de la clairvoyance. Rien ne sauroit échapper à son exactitude et à sa clairvoyance. Il vieillit …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • clairvoyance — (n.) paranormal gift of seeing things out of sight, 1847, from Fr. clairvoyance (O.Fr. clerveans, 13c.) insight, clear sightedness, from clairvoyant (see CLAIRVOYANT (Cf. clairvoyant)). A secondary sense in French is the main sense in English …   Etymology dictionary

  • Clairvoyance — Clair*voy ance, n. [F.] A power, attributed to some persons while in a mesmeric state, of discerning objects not perceptible by the senses in their normal condition. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clairvoyance — (fr., spr. Klärwojangs), Hellsehen, u. Clairvoyanten, Hellsehende, s. u. Thierischer Magnetismus …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Clairvoyance — (frz., spr. klärwŏăjángß), s. Somnambulismus …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Clairvoyance — Clairvoyance. Die höchste Stufe des Somnambulismus in der Lehre von dem thierischen Magnetismus, wobei der Clairvoyant, oder die Clairvoyante nicht nur sich selbst innerlich anzuschauen vermag, sondern auch wissen soll, was in andern, mit der… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Clairvoyance — (frz. Klärwojangß), das magnetische Hellsehen; clairvoyant, clairvoyante, männl. oder weibl. Person in diesem Zustande …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • clairvoyance — index precognition Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • clairvoyance — [n] intuition acumen, discernment, ESP*, feeling, foreknowledge, insight, omen, penetration, perception, precognition, premonition, psyche, sixth sense*, telepathy; concepts 409,410 …   New thesaurus

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”