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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But my intuition tells me the visual [component] is the largest of the three. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "The Electrifying Factor Affecting Your Property’s Value," 15 Aug. 2018 My baker’s intuition tells me that Ptak will opt to use peonies—which will be perfectly in season in time for the nuptials, but were not an option at my local florist today (please see snowstorm above). Ana Calderone,, "We Made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Cake Based on Their Description," 21 Mar. 2018 Full moons always expose the truth, so during this August’s final lunation, take time to check-in with your own powerful intuition. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery has cast its young Spock for season two," 15 Aug. 2018 And also the way Donna has developed over the years, the fact that her strengths as a woman, her emotional intuition, were not something to be diminished or mocked or hidden. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katherine Heigl Talks the Powerful Women of Suits and Aging in Hollywood," 3 Aug. 2018 Kensington Palace is not a leaky place these days so reporters often start off with scraps of information, sometimes coupled with their intuition. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Really Feuding?," 3 Dec. 2018 Nicholas Wheeler argues that face-to-face diplomacy allows leaders to test an intuition that another leader is trustworthy. Marcus Holmes, Washington Post, "Trump canceled the summit with North Korea. Here’s the real missed opportunity.," 24 May 2018 The bots essentially have to develop a form of intuition that allows them to improvise in unusual situations and collaborate with one another. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "AI Bots Can Defeat Elite Human Gamers in Dota 2 Tournament," 12 Aug. 2018

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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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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 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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