intuition

noun in·tu·i·tion \ ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən , -tyü- \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of intuition

1 : quick and ready insight
2 a : 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

intuitional

play \ˌin-tü-ˈish-nəl, -ˈi-shə-nᵊl, -tyü-\ adjective

Examples of intuition in a Sentence

  1. Intuition was telling her that something was very wrong.

  2. “How did you know I would drop by?” “Oh, I don't know. It must have been intuition.”

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Origin and Etymology of 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


INTUITION Defined for English Language Learners

intuition

noun

Definition of intuition for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

intuition

noun in·tu·i·tion \ ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən , -tyü- \

Definition of intuition for Students

1 : the ability to know something without having proof
2 : something known without proof
  • I had an intuition you'd come.

Medical Dictionary

intuition

noun in·tu·ition \ ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-ən \

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

intuit

play \in-ˈt(y)ü-ət\ transitive verb

intuitional

play \ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-nəl, -ən-ᵊl\ adjective

intuitive

play \in-ˈt(y)ü-ət-iv\ adjective

intuitively

adverb


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