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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Related research shows that intuition is enhanced when people are in a good mood. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Don't Let Stress Interfere With Gut Feelings," 31 Aug. 2018 Bodily intuition insists that this is illogical, wrong. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘The Veil’ exhibition at Bridge Productions spans ideas of what’s seen and unseen," 7 Aug. 2018 And some folks come up with their own quotable phrases, ones that percolate from their intuition. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Quotations that speak to us can be signposts on life's journey," 17 May 2018 Go is complex — there are more possible board positions than atoms in the universe — and the best players win not with sheer calculation, but through intuition. New York Times, "Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and the Feud Over Killer Robots," 9 June 2018 That’ll be scientific research, really understanding the market, and some gut intuition. Alex Prewitt,, "With Tod Leiweke in Tow, Seattle's NHL Dreams Are Approaching Reality," 11 Apr. 2018 The 25-year-old singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer from Toronto depended heavily on her intuition while curating her EP, Stone Woman, which released in February. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlotte Day Wilson Will Put You In Your Feelings," 26 June 2018 The DeepMind network develops its own similar intuition simply by examining a bunch of images from similar scenes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI," 29 June 2018 Remember, cosmic warriors, neither tea leaf nor teacup has any intrinsic power; the fortunes are, ultimately, a reflection of your own intuition. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your Essential Guide to Tasseography, the Practice of Reading Tea Leaves," 7 May 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, -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 \

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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