Definition of intuition
1 : quick and ready insight
2a : immediate apprehension or cognitionb : knowledge or conviction gained by intuitionc : the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
intuitionalplay \ˌin-tü-ˈish-nəl, -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.”
Recent Examples of intuition from the Web
These symptoms and doctor intuition prompted a CT scan.
Different people may have different moral intuitions as to whether — taking into account all the relevant circumstances — the potential risk of pain here is acceptable.
ETF Rush Advocates of passive investing maintain that developing countries are no exception to the rule that, over the long run, relying on a manager’s intuition won’t beat the benchmark.
Robert's profoundly accurate intuition about people gave him an unfair advantage in almost every negotiation.
To Alicia's surprise, her intuition was spot-on: Her clip has racked up more than 1,682,900 Imgur views in just three days.
While intuiting how to set these might be possible, there's no guarantee our intuitions will be right or that the same parameters will work for everyone.
That intuition is a force Marley taps when making set lists before concerts, often using rehearsals as a barometer for how a show will unfold.
This retrograde will cast a bit of a fog over emotions and intuition.
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Origin and Etymology of 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: circa 1600See Words from the same year
INTUITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intuition for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of intuition for Students
1 : the ability to know something without having proof
2 : something known without proof I had an intuition you'd come.
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
intuit\in-ˈt(y)ü-ət\play transitive verb
intuitional\ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-nəl, -ən-əl\play adjective
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