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.”
Recent Examples on the Web Weren’t mothers supposed to be guided by their intuition, naturally morphing into nurturing goddesses overnight? Ariella Cook-shonkoff, Glamour, "I’m Not a ‘Natural Mother’—And That’s Okay," 27 Dec. 2019 Some of these coordinating programs line up nicely with general intuitions about what makes up an emotion. Joshua Schrock, The Conversation, "Feeling sick is an emotion meant to help you get better faster," 17 Dec. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Yet despite his blazing intuitions and his sense of the darker repercussions of technological progress, Wells is now an unfashionable figure. The Economist, "H.G. Wells and the underbelly of modernity," 31 Oct. 2019 What stands out to me about her work is her process and trust in her intuition. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Google’s Top-Secret Design Lab Is Where Its Home Products Are Born," 22 Sep. 2019 Use your intuition about people and your healthy boundaries to find the right places to draw the line. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 30, 2019: Capricorn, holding feelings in doesn’t help; Pisces, honor your process," 30 July 2019 Figuring out a clue sharpens my intuition, memory and appetite for life. Smithsonian, "January 2020 Discussion," 20 Dec. 2019 Building on those intuitions, physicists have since made discovery after discovery about the very fabric of existence. Matt Simon, Wired, "So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge," 20 Dec. 2019 Fitzpatrick refines that intuition during the week. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Best N.F.L. Trade of the Season? Look to Pittsburgh," 4 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intuition.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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