noun \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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noun \ˌin-t(y)-ˈish-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In philosophy, the power of obtaining knowledge that is not or cannot be acquired either by inference or observation. As such, intuition is thought of as an original, independent source of knowledge, since it is designed to account for just those kinds of knowledge that other sources do not provide. Knowledge of some necessary truths and basic moral principles is sometimes explained in this way. A technical sense of intuition, deriving from Immanuel Kant, refers to immediate acquaintance with individual entities; intuition (Anschauung) in this sense may be empirical (e.g., consciousness of sense-data) or pure (e.g., consciousness of space and time a priori as forms of all empirical intuitions). As conceived by Benedict de Spinoza and Henri Bergson, intuition is taken to be concrete knowledge of the world as an interconnected whole, as contrasted with the piecemeal, “abstract” knowledge obtained by science and observation.


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