Definition of intuition
1 : quick and ready insight
2a : immediate apprehension or cognitionb : knowledge or conviction gained by intuitionc : the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
intuitionalplay \ˌin-tü-ˈish-nəl, -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 of intuition from the Web
Intuition is a powerful thing, more powerful that intellect, in my opinion.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: circa 1600
INTUITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intuition for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of intuition for Students
1 : the ability to know something without having proof
2 : something known without proof I had an intuition you'd come.
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
intuit\in-ˈt(y)ü-ət\play transitive verb
intuitional\ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-nəl, -ən-əl\play adjective
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