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 intuition (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 That intuition, that instinct, showed me a different way to think about garden vegetables. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 There isn’t any semblance of human judgment, human intuition, or similar human-specific qualities. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 The difficulty is that high-dimensional shapes often behave in ways that defy our human, low-dimensional intuition. Quanta Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 Instead, the looks from the original and reboot, alike, relied on Tagliamonti's intuition and the entire look each character is bringing to the scene. Devon Abelman, Allure, 8 July 2021 Labradorite is also said to help the wearer embrace intuition, clear worries and reconnect with ourselves, all properties that could help dad reset after a challenging year. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 12 June 2021 Ruth is possessed of a tough, scrappy intuition honed by survival instincts, because Ruth and her brother Blaze (Gus Halper) are on their own. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Building on this intuition, Stark was able to come up with an analogue of the roots of unity for other number systems using L-functions. Quanta Magazine, 25 May 2021 The fact that spiritualists are going on intuition and not proof puts them on a very different plane from somebody who is relying on the equations that demonstrate how the universe is fine-tuned to support life. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 13 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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


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.


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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