in·​tu·​i·​tion ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən How to pronounce intuition (audio)
: the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
: immediate apprehension or cognition
: knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
: quick and ready insight
intuitional adjective

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Middle English intuycyon, from Late Latin intuition-, intuitio act of contemplating, from Latin intuēri to look at, contemplate, from in- + tuēri to look at

First Known Use

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of intuition was circa 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Intuition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the power of knowing immediately and without conscious reasoning
: something known or understood at once

Medical Definition


in·​tu·​ition ˌin-t(y)u̇-ˈish-ən How to pronounce intuition (audio)
: immediate apprehension or cognition without reasoning or inferring
: knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
: the power or faculty of gaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
intuit transitive verb
intuitional adjective
intuitive adjective
intuitively adverb
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