Definition of clairvoyant in English:

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Pronunciation: /klɛːˈvɔɪənt/


A person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact: she has had a message from a clairvoyant that her son is alive and well
More example sentences
  • During the two weeks of special events, clairvoyants, psychics and other special guests from across the country will be visiting the Heber Street church.
  • These are our visionaries, spiritualists, clairvoyants and psychics.
  • As part of my research I met psychics, mediums and clairvoyants, and just got them to tell me about their lives.
psychic, fortune teller, forecaster of the future, crystal gazer, prophet, seer, soothsayer, oracle;
medium, spiritualist;
rare chirosophist, spiritist, palmister


Having or exhibiting clairvoyance: he didn’t tell me about it and I’m not clairvoyant
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  • Samantha does in fact have completely reliable clairvoyant power, and her belief about the President did result from the operation of that power.
  • Their location was not a secret to those with clairvoyant powers.
  • Now imagine that one of these individuals knows all about the counter-evidence and is thus sceptical about the existence of clairvoyant powers.
psychic, with second sight, with a sixth sense, prophetic, visionary, oracular;
telepathic, extrasensory



Example sentences
  • ‘I think he's very gifted clairvoyantly,’ she says in her high, quickly-spoken voice.
  • The participant could know clairvoyantly which which card would later be selected.
  • There are people who went to various camps or events where he was and they said clairvoyantly they saw this great being overshadowing him.


Late 17th century (in the sense 'clear-sighted, perceptive'): from French, from clair 'clear' + voyant 'seeing' (from voir 'to see'). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

  • This was first recorded as meaning ‘clear-sighted, perceptive’, adopted from French clair ‘clear’ and voyant ‘seeing’ (from voir ‘to see’). The sense of someone with the ability to perceive events in the future dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with clairvoyant

buoyant, flamboyant

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