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

: 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

Full Definition of INTUITION

:  quick and ready insight
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
in·tu·i·tion·al \-ˈish-nəl, -ˈi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of INTUITION

  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.


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

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INTUITIONAL Defined for Kids


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

Definition of INTUITION for Kids

:  the ability to know something without having proof
:  something known without proof <I had an intuition you'd come.>
Medical Dictionary


noun in·tu·ition \ˌin-t(y)-ˈish-ən\

Medical Definition of INTUITION

:  immediate apprehension or cognition without reasoning or inferring
:  knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
:  the power or faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
in·tu·it \in-ˈt(y)ü-ət\ transitive verb
in·tu·ition·al \ˌin-t(y)-ˈish-nəl, -ən-əl\ adjective
in·tu·itive \in-ˈt(y)ü-ət-iv\ adjective
in·tu·itive·ly adverb


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