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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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intuition.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 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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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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