clairvoyance, clairvoyants

The words clairvoyance, clairvoyants sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do clairvoyance, clairvoyants sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: clairvoyance, clairvoyants are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    The supposed power to see objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses.

  2. :: noun

    Acute intuitive insight or perceptiveness.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of clairvoyant.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").