intuition

noun
in·​tu·​i·​tion | \ ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən, -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 , -​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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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 But encoding that kind of intuition into software isn't easy, which can lead to self-driving cars that are timid or erratic. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Pedestrians are a hard problem for self-driving cars—here’s one solution," 30 July 2018 Disruption is often accidental and the most successful businesses are frequently built on intuition—and inclusion. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Warby Parker Founders Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, and Iman, on Why Being an Activist “Is a Daily Thing”," 11 Oct. 2018 For example, athletes who rely on intuition make faster and better decisions than their more analytic counterparts. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Don't Let Stress Interfere With Gut Feelings," 31 Aug. 2018 In South Africa this moral intuition has tussled with a powerful fear of loss. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Drought In Post-Apartheid Cape Town: An Interview with Eve Fairbanks," 12 June 2018 Cairo: Finding boundaries, safe spaces, feeling energy from people based off my intuition. Carter Schneider, Teen Vogue, ""I'll Be in Transition Forever": Trans-masculine and Non-binary People Talk Identity, Affirmation, and More," 6 Dec. 2018 The trouble is, almost all our intuitions evolved out of simpler times for savannah-type survival situations. Liv Boeree, Vox, "How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions," 30 Nov. 2018 The authors' experiment showed that intuition is good science: saliva cleans gilded surfaces in particular better than other cleaners used by conservationists. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 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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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, -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 \

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 \ transitive verb
intuitional \ ˌin-​t(y)u̇-​ˈish-​nəl, -​ən-​ᵊl \ adjective
intuitive \ in-​ˈt(y)ü-​ət-​iv \ adjective
intuitively adverb

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