AskDefine | Define clairvoyant

Dictionary Definition

clairvoyant adj
1 perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses
2 foreseeing the future [syn: precognitive, second-sighted] n : someone who has the power of clairvoyance

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English

Adjective

  1. of, or relating to clairvoyance
  2. able to see things that cannot be perceived by the normal senses
  3. able to foresee the future

Translations

of, or relating to clairvoyance
able to see things that cannot be perceived by the normal senses
able to foresee the future

Noun

  1. someone with this power

Translations

someone with this power

Extensive Definition

Clairvoyance (from 17th century French with clair meaning "clear" and voyance meaning "visibility") is the purported ability to gain information about an object, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses, a form of extra-sensory perception. A person said to have the ability of clairvoyance is referred to as a clairvoyant ("one who sees clear").
Claims for the existence of paranormal psychic abilities such as clairvoyance are highly controversial. Parapsychology explores this possibility, but no evidence for such paranormal phenomena is accepted by the scientific community.

Usage

Within parapsychology, clairvoyance is used exclusively to refer to the transfer of information that is both contemporary to, and hidden from, the clairvoyant. It is differentiated from telepathy in that the information is said to be gained directly from an external physical source, rather than being transferred from the mind of one individual to another.
Outside of parapsychology, clairvoyance is often used to refer to other forms of Anomalous cognition, most commonly the perception of events that have occurred in the past, or which will occur in the future (known as retrocognition and precognition respectively), There is also a measured level of belief from amongst the general public, with the portion of the US population who believe in clairvoyance varying between 1/4 and 1/3 over the 15 year period from 1990 to 2005. (Of course, belief of the general public in the existence of a phenomenon does not mean that it exists in nature.)

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