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intuitive

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adjective in·tu·i·tive \in-ˈtü-ə-tiv, -ˈtyü-\

Simple Definition of intuitive

  • : having the ability to know or understand things without any proof or evidence : having or characterized by intuition

  • : based on or agreeing with what is known or understood without any proof or evidence : known or understood by intuition

  • : agreeing with what seems naturally right

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intuitive

  1. 1 a :  known or perceived by intuition :  directly apprehended <had an intuitive awareness of his sister's feelings> b :  knowable by intuition <intuitive truths> c :  based on or agreeing with intuition <intuitive responses> <makes intuitive sense> d :  readily learned or understood <software with an intuitive interface>

  2. 2 :  knowing or perceiving by intuition

  3. 3 :  possessing or given to intuition or insight <an intuitive mind>

intuitively adverb
intuitiveness noun

Examples of intuitive in a sentence

  1. The controls of an airplane are intuitive. Push to nose down, pull to nose up, turn left, turn right. —Stephan Wilkinson, Popular Science, December 2002

  2. Galileo had made an intuitive jump to what we now call Newton's first law of motion: a body in motion tends to remain in motion. —Leon Lederman et al., The God Particle, 1993

  3. … but most of the literature was political rather than scientific, more interested in … exalting the irrational and intuitive over the rational and quantifiable. —Paddy Chayefsky, Artificial Paradises, (1978) 1999

  4. She has an intuitive mind.

  5. a doctor with an intuitive awareness of his patients' concerns

  6. The argument makes intuitive sense.

  7. The software has an intuitive interface.



Origin of intuitive

(see intuition)


First Known Use: circa 1645



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