intuition

noun
in·​tu·​i·​tion | \ ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən How to pronounce intuition (audio) , -tyü- \

Essential Meaning of intuition

1 : 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 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." I trusted my intuition [=instincts] and ended the relationship.
2 : something that is known or understood without proof or evidence I had an intuition [=(more commonly) feeling, hunch] that you would drop by.

Full Definition of intuition

1a : the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
b : immediate apprehension or cognition
c : knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
2 : quick and ready insight

Other Words from intuition

intuitional \ ˌin-​tü-​ˈish-​nəl How to pronounce intuition (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 The same principle holds true in other areas of your life -- don't be afraid to let your intuition and adaptable nature lead the way! Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The possibilities become endless when AutoAI models are combined with business intuition and human insights for more intelligent forecasting and analytics. Tom Shea, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Occult services offer opportunities for reflection, self-awareness, and compassion, providing different ways to explore truth, spirituality, and intuition. Meg Jones Wall, Wired, 29 Oct. 2021 Two crucial elements are entirely within the control of Facebook’s human employees, and depend on their ingenuity, their intuition and ultimately their value judgments. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 The group finally tracked her down at a nearby Sheraton using an Uber receipt, security camera and Issa's intuition. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Right now, your intuition is unlikely to guide you to find ways to keep the peace. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2021 Infinite sets of numbers mess with our intuition about size, so as a warmup, compare the natural numbers {1, 2, 3, …} with the odd numbers {1, 3, 5, …}. Quanta Magazine, 15 July 2021 But many experts agree that intuition is crucial to decision making. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of intuition

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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23 Nov 2021

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“Intuition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intuition. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for intuition

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

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