in·​tu·​i·​tion·​ism ˌin-tü-ˈi-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce intuitionism (audio)
: a doctrine that objects of perception are intuitively known to be real
: a doctrine that there are basic truths intuitively known
: a doctrine that right or wrong or fundamental principles about what is right and wrong can be intuited
: a philosophical thesis that human beings have a direct intuitive understanding of mathematics and that rejects the principle that every mathematical statement must be true or false
intuitionist adjective or noun

Examples of intuitionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By grounding mathematics in what can be constructed, intuitionism has far-reaching consequences for the practice of math, and for determining which statements can be deemed true. Quanta Magazine, 7 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of intuitionism was in 1847

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“Intuitionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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