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.”

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Valentine’s Day movies: The Love Witch Anna Biller’s feminist, campy homage to ’60s horror and love-potion plots is a gory paean to female intuition and a subversion of the archetype of the evil witch. Vogue, "These Are the Best Anti–Valentine’s Day Movies to Make You Very Glad You’re Single," 12 Feb. 2019 That’s an impressive intuition since John Wick is certainly not a superhero movie. James Vincent, The Verge, "20th Century Fox is using AI to analyze movie trailers and find out what films audiences will like," 2 Nov. 2018 Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The House of Chanel Reacts to Karl Lagerfeld's Death," 19 Feb. 2019 Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Karl Lagerfeld Has Died at 85," 19 Feb. 2019 But my intuition tells me the visual [component] is the largest of the three. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "The Electrifying Factor Affecting Your Property’s Value," 15 Aug. 2018 My baker’s intuition tells me that Ptak will opt to use peonies—which will be perfectly in season in time for the nuptials, but were not an option at my local florist today (please see snowstorm above). Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "We Made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Cake Based on Their Description," 21 Mar. 2018 Full moons always expose the truth, so during this August’s final lunation, take time to check-in with your own powerful intuition. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery has cast its young Spock for season two," 15 Aug. 2018

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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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intuition

noun

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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