I was just wondering if there is a single word for a person who can always guess the correct answer.


  • Maybe oraculous? May 29, 2017 at 9:34
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    When you say always guess the correct answer, do you mean that person could just close his eyes and place his finger on one of the answers and that would be the correct one, or do you mean he can do an educated guess and he's almost always right? May 29, 2017 at 13:02
  • @JohnHamilton the first one, I mean picks the correct answer by chance and there it is, the right answer!! May 29, 2017 at 13:36
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    @RezaSaberi well, there really is no one-word for a fictional person who can pick correct answers by chance (as far as I know), so I doubt you'll find exactly what you're looking for if you insist on a one-word answer. Even Stan Lee's Lucky Man is just that, a lucky man. May 29, 2017 at 13:44
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    A "hunch"back hahaha May 29, 2017 at 19:25

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I would say they were intuitive; or had a good intuitive sense.

It is OED sense 3 of intuitive, which I particularly have in mind.

  1. a. Of knowledge or mental perception: That consists in immediate apprehension, without the intervention of any reasoning process.

1645 J. Howell Epistolæ Ho-elianæ i. xxxix. 78 Being faithfull ey-witnesses of those things which other receive but in trust, wherunto they must yeeld an intuitive consent, and a kind of implicit faith.

1690 J. Locke Ess. Humane Understanding iv. xi. 263 Intuitive Knowledge, where the Ideas themselves, by an immediate view, discover their Agreement, or Disagreement one with another.

1698 J. Norris Pract. Disc. Divine Subj. IV. 234 Intuitive [Intellectual Sight] when we perceive the Agreement or Disagreement of one Idea with another immediately and by themselves, without the Mediation of any other Idea.

1704 J. Norris Ess. Ideal World II. iii. 146 Immediate knowledge, or knowledge of the principle, we may call intuitive, because the mind then in one and the same view that it perceives the ideas, perceives also their relations.

1849 F. W. Robertson Serm. 1st Ser. i. 9 The intuitive vision comes like an inspiration.

b. Of a truth: Apprehended immediately or by intuition.

1833 J. S. Mill Let. 5 July (1910) i. ii. 54, I conceive that most of the highest truths are..intuitive; that is, they need neither explanation nor proof, but if not known before are assented to as soon as stated.

1872 W. Bagehot Physics & Polit. (1876) 118 The truths of Arithmetic, intuitive or not, certainly cannot be acquired independently of experience.

c. Of any faculty or gift: Not acquired by learning; innate.

1621 R. Montagu Diatribæ Hist. Tithes Introd. 32 Hauing not the gift of Prophesie, nor Intuitiue knowledge of what you would one day vndertake.

1845 E. Holmes Life Mozart 9 The musical faculty appears to have been intuitive in him.


If they are simply guessing rather than deducing the answers, perhaps lucky or one of its synonyms - of which jammy is my favourite.

1 fortunate, successful, favoured.
I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
He has had a very fortunate life. successful.
The successful candidate will be announced in June.
They think of us as favoured beings.
He's the son of a doctor, and well blessed with money.
He has developed a prosperous business. jammy.
(British slang).
He is seen as lucky. Dead jammy, in fact. serendipitous.
It appears to have been a serendipitous discovery made around the year 200.

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    Eventually this becomes "annoying" ^_^
    – Kaithar
    May 29, 2017 at 11:55
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    I like "jammy" too. It might be notable that usage is almost always in conjunction with "bastard", i.e "you jammy bastard!"
    – PCARR
    May 29, 2017 at 16:13

1. accurately predicting what will happen in the future. "his warnings proved prophetic"

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    Predicting is not the same as guessing.
    – paddotk
    May 29, 2017 at 9:24

One word which has been popularized lately is superforecasters. It does not exactly describe people who are always correct, but rather people who are very good at considering different sources of evidence and quantifying the uncertainty of their judgements properly.

He was very good at predicting the future. He was truly a superforecaster.


With regards to the future: a "clairvoyant".
When referring to other people's thoughts: a "telepath".
In a mystical context: a "diviner".
One who guesses new events and their outcome: a "prescient".

The Catholic Pope is deemed to be "infallible". He doesn't make mistakes when exercising his apostolic functions.

… generally, when one consistently guesses the right answer, I suppose we could describe him as a "far-sighted" person — but this last term downplays "luck".

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