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 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 Trump embodied and amplified America’s intuition death spiral. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is an Intuition Nightmare," 9 Sep. 2020 That flash of knowing, before your brain gives way to analytical reasoning, is intuition. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "Train your intuition to make better decisions," 6 Sep. 2020 Some adults may hold on to this childhood intuition, even after experience should have debunked it. Katherine D. Kinzler, Scientific American, "Were French People Born to Speak French?," 6 Aug. 2020 Continuing a call under these circumstances requires intuition honed to the ultimate degree. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Ten ways videoconferencing mirrors life: Sun Messages," 7 Sep. 2020 Our discourses and the technologies that now sustain them aren’t built to reward patience; as ever, the loudest and most important voices are those that can mold their predictions out of raw, uncomplicated intuition with speed and ease. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The “Law and Order” Backlash Against Biden Was a Mirage," 4 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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23 Sep 2020

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“Intuition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intuition. Accessed 1 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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