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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For years, she’s been bothered by one question in particular: How did humans come to feel empathy and other moral intuitions? Sigal Samuel, Vox, "How your brain invents morality," 8 July 2019 My plan going into solids was to offer a variety of foods of different flavors, textures, and colors, of varying degrees of nutritional content, and let my kid’s intuition be his guide. SELF, "I'm an R.D. Who Lets Her Kid Eat Dessert Before Veggies. Before You Judge Me, Hear Me Out," 5 July 2019 Like President Obama’s attempted pivot to Asia, the Trump administration’s current focus on China is grounded in a sound strategic intuition. Dalibor Rohac, National Review, "As They Confront China, Americans and Europeans Need Each Other," 28 June 2019 As for trying your luck (intuition?) at those tables, don’t forget the house, as a whole, always wins. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "In Everett, Encore casino ready to show off," 16 June 2019 Use your feelings and instincts to guide you through rocky territory today as your intuition serves you well. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 25, 2019: Pisces, your past has given you wisdom and grit; Aquarius, march to your own beat," 25 June 2019 Pay extra attention to your inner voice and follow your intuition on the solstice. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Aries Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 In which of the two cases was your intuition more accurate? Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘When Probability Meets Real Life’," 2 Mar. 2018 Pisces — Florence Welch There was no look that better embodied the emotional intuition and clairvoyance of the Pisces than Florence Welch's. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "What Met Gala 2019 Outfit You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 7 May 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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