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

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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.”
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Facebook’s earliest moderators, who were told to use their discretion and moral intuition, the Grays were often encouraged to ignore the context in which an utterance was made. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself," 12 Oct. 2020 Others have relatives and friends who cook by feel and intuition. Washington Post, "How to make a family cookbook, filled with recipes from your favorite people," 8 Oct. 2020 This may not be a good time to trust your intuition or rely on instincts. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 28, 2020: Gemini, write down imaginative ideas; Scorpio, think before you act," 28 Sep. 2020 But my intuition was to leave Malta almost for the end, a remote culmination to a dream journey. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 Tegmark thinks that scientists should think of AI as providing intuition, like the instinctive ability to catch a ball, that should then be re-packaged into elegant, comprehensible math equations. Sophia Chen, Wired, "To Make Fairer AI, Physicists Peer Inside Its Black Box," 22 Sep. 2020 But there’s no comparable visual intuition that can carry you through the action sequences that Nolan has invented here. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Tenet Has to Be Studied and Viewed Multiple Times to Be Understood," 17 Sep. 2020 Many Americans trusted intuition to help guide them through this disaster. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Smoky 80s Today, Then Cooling Off - While "Sally" Lashes Gulf Coast," 14 Sep. 2020 My advice to novice artists is this: Practice your craft, cultivate your intuition, and never stop learning. Katie Bain, Billboard, "20 Questions With Chris Korda: The Producer on the 'Anesthesia' of Dance Music & Why Humans Must Stop Breeding," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intuition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intuition. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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intuition

noun
How to pronounce intuition (audio)

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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