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intuition

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noun in·tu·i·tion \ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən, -tyü-\

Simple Definition of intuition

  • : a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why

  • : something that is known or understood without proof or evidence

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intuition

  1. 1 :  quick and ready insight

  2. 2 a :  immediate apprehension or cognition b :  knowledge or conviction gained by intuition c :  the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference

intuitional

play \-ˈish-nəl, -ˈi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of intuition in a sentence

  1. Intuition was telling her that something was very wrong.

  2. How did you know I would drop by? Oh, I don't know. It must have been intuition.



Did You Know?

Intuition is very close in meaning to instinct. The moment a man enters a room you may feel you know intuitively or instinctively everything about him—that is, you may intuit his basic personality. Highly rational people may try to ignore their intuition and insist on being able to explain everything they think, but artists and creative thinkers often tend to rely on their intuitive sense of things. Intuition can be closely related to their imagination, which seems to come from somewhere just as mysterious. Some psychologists claim that the left brain is mainly involved in logical thinking and the right brain in intuitive thinking; but the brain is terribly complex, and even if there's some truth to this idea, it's not terribly obvious how to make use of it.

Origin and Etymology of intuition

Middle English intuycyon, from Late Latin intuition-, intuitio act of contemplating, from Latin intuēri to look at, contemplate, from in- + tuēri to look at


First Known Use: 15th century


INTUITION Defined for Kids

intuition

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noun in·tu·i·tion \ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən, -tyü-\

Definition of intuition for Students

  1. 1 :  the ability to know something without having proof

  2. 2 :  something known without proof <I had an intuition you'd come.>




Medical Dictionary

intuition

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noun in·tu·ition \ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-ən\

Medical Definition of intuition

  1. 1:  immediate apprehension or cognition without reasoning or inferring

  2. 2:  knowledge or conviction gained by intuition

  3. 3:  the power or faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference

intuit

\in-ˈt(y)ü-ət\play transitive verb

intuitional

\ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-nəl, -ən-əl\play adjective

intuitive

\in-ˈt(y)ü-ət-iv\play adjective

intuitively

adverb




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