intuition

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

Definition of intuition

1a : the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
b : immediate apprehension or cognition
c : knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
2 : quick and ready insight

Other Words from intuition

intuitional \ ˌin-​tü-​ˈi-​sh(ə-​)nəl How to pronounce intuition (audio) , -​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.”
Recent Examples on the Web But to remember that your intuition is the one to follow. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2022 August 16–31st: Follow your intuition on the 16th and enter into new agreements. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 16 Aug. 2022 So his calculus on when to engage is still, by and large, based on intuition. Fortune, 2 June 2022 Resilience involves trusting yourself enough to follow your intuition, assess the environmental indicators and align your life in the right direction. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The best way to open up to your intuition is to slow down. Allbusiness, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Finding an even balance between your brain and your intuition could be rather difficult today. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 22 Mar. 2022 Her narrator frequently asks questions of herself and of some higher power, as if in constant conversation with her own intuition. Tavi Gevinson, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2022 Her narrator frequently asks questions of herself and of some higher power, as if in constant conversation with her own intuition. Jspiveycaddell, Longreads, 28 Apr. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of intuition

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intuition. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for intuition

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

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