intuition

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

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

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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 That intuition and connection seemed inherent last year. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Where did Gophers' offense go?," 19 Nov. 2020 Statistics can tell us something about the world no other method can, but there is value in other forms of intelligence: in storytelling and wisdom traditions in intuition and moral reasoning. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, "Why We Can’t Comprehend 250,000 Covid Deaths," 19 Nov. 2020 Immunology is, as my colleague Ed Yong has written, where intuition goes to die. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The End of the Pandemic Is Now in Sight," 18 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, the Sun’s sextile to generous Jupiter blesses us with a boost of luck and intuition. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for November 14, 2020," 14 Nov. 2020 For people whose intuition tells them that there’s something rotten at the top, Oliver said, the addition of a pedophile conspiracy may make an otherwise unsatisfying narrative simply too much to resist. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Why do conspiracy theories about pedophilia hold such sway with some conservatives?," 16 Oct. 2020 Guided by intuition and rough calculations, the team tested a range of hydrogen compounds searching for the goldilocks ratio of hydrogen. Quanta Magazine, "Room-Temperature Superconductivity Achieved for the First Time," 14 Oct. 2020 Your intuition and emotional sensitivity are pumped up with the Moon in your sign today. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for November 7, 2020," 7 Nov. 2020 Bell’s intuition about what humans want rings true, but today, fewer and fewer Americans are turning to religion to satisfy this craving. Richard Just, Washington Post, "How Religion Can Help Put Our Democracy Back Together," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intuition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intuition. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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