intuition

noun
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.”
Recent Examples on the Web If voters’ judgments are rooted in emotion and intuition, facts and evidence are likely to be secondary. The Economist, "You really can fool some of the people, all of the time," 2 Nov. 2019 Relying on his keen intuition, the eager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 24 Oct. 2019 Because there’s so little real information for the mob to grasp at, lies, intuition, and clever social deduction are the only game-play mechanics. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "How a Soviet Social Experiment Became a Game for Liars," 28 Sep. 2019 Becoming a 20-point scorer based on that shooting, however, requires all sorts of supplemental skills (ball-handling, footwork, intuition, timing, and balance, to name a few) that Hield has in spades. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Your intuitions are sound and your imagination is boundless, so your creativity is enhanced. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 11, 2019: Happy birthday Tye Sheridan; Libra, be a good sport," 11 Nov. 2019 For the most part, Simons tested trading strategies based on his mathematical insights and intuitions. Gregory Zuckerman, Quartz, "The history of blunders and missteps that led to the quant trading revolution," 6 Nov. 2019 Quantum computers, to put it mildly, defy human intuition. Bloomberg Opinion, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Welcome to the age of Quantum computing," 31 Oct. 2019 The book is less of a collection of horoscopes and more a choose-your-own-adventure guide to intuition organized by astrological sign. Cassandra Landry, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the astrology craze: The search for self in the new New Age.," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Intuition.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intuitions. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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intuition

noun
How to pronounce intuition (audio)

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 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.

intuition

noun
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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