intuition

noun
in·​tu·​i·​tion | \ ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən How to pronounce intuition (audio) , -tyü-\

Definition of intuition

1 : quick and ready insight
2a : 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

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Other Words from intuition

intuitional \ ˌin-​tü-​ˈish-​nəl How to pronounce intuitional (audio) , -​ˈi-​shə-​nᵊl , -​tyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of intuition in a Sentence

Intuition was telling her that something was very wrong. “How did you know I would drop by?” “Oh, I don't know. It must have been intuition.”

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There's an intuition that has made women conquer against all odds. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Louis Vuitton's New High Jewelry Collection Was Inspired by Medieval Heroines," 27 Aug. 2019 Maybe a sports gambling analogy will make the intuition clearer. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "What’s the Deal With That Inverted Yield Curve? A Sports Analogy Might Help," 15 Aug. 2019 More than a decade later, this intuition has finally solidified into a model that could be used to better predict the effects of climate change on sea ice. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts," 5 July 2019 Generally speaking, the tracks took shape rather quickly, trying to believe in the moment of what a first intuition could have of value, or maybe not. Kat Bein, Billboard, "David August Trades Chill House for Ambient Vibes on 'DCXXXIX A.C.': Watch," 5 Mar. 2018 Trust your intuition about financial matters right now. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 28, 2019: Libra, stay focused on long-term loyalties; Scorpio, loved-ones need space," 28 July 2019 Your quickness, intuition and drive are weapons that lend themselves well to networking. SFChronicle.com, "Minerva’s horoscope for week of July 28," 28 July 2019 The fencer’s intuition played a big part in the program’s success this past season. Vincent Nguyen, Burbank Leader, "Burroughs grad Beihold’s talents stretch far beyond being All-American fencer," 19 July 2019 All our ancestors had reflexes and intuitions that were adequate for Earth’s environment. Anders Sandberg, Quartz, "We should stop sending humans into space to do a robot’s job," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of intuition

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of intuition was circa 1600

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intuition

noun

English Language Learners 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

intuition

noun
in·​tu·​i·​tion | \ ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən How to pronounce intuition (audio) , -tyü-\

Kids Definition of intuition

1 : the ability to know something without having proof
2 : something known without proof I had an intuition you'd come.

intuition

noun
in·​tu·​ition | \ ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-ən How to pronounce intuition (audio) \

Medical Definition of intuition

1 : immediate apprehension or cognition without reasoning or inferring
2 : knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
3 : the power or faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference

Other Words from intuition

intuit \ in-​ˈt(y)ü-​ət How to pronounce intuit (audio) \ transitive verb
intuitional \ ˌin-​t(y)u̇-​ˈish-​nəl, -​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce intuitional (audio) \ adjective
intuitive \ in-​ˈt(y)ü-​ət-​iv How to pronounce intuitive (audio) \ adjective
intuitively adverb

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