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[in-too-ish-uh n, -tyoo-] /ˌɪn tuˈɪʃ ən, -tyu-/
direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
a keen and quick insight.
the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
  1. an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
  2. any object or truth so discerned.
  3. pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.
Linguistics. the ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker's native-language competence.
Origin of intuition
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin intuitiōn- (stem of intuitiō) contemplation, equivalent to Latin intuit(us), past participle of intuērī to gaze at, contemplate + -iōn- -ion. See in-2, tuition
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intuitionless, adjective Unabridged
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  • Her intuition confirmed his own protestations of friendliness.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Her woman's intuition divined a sequel to the afternoon's drama.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • May I know, doctor, whether you have any other reason than that of intuition for asking the question?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The very drunk have the intuition sometimes of savages or brute beasts.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But hadn't her intuition been justified, after all, by the very man she had seen tonight?

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
British Dictionary definitions for intuition


knowledge or belief obtained neither by reason nor by perception
instinctive knowledge or belief
a hunch or unjustified belief
(philosophy) immediate knowledge of a proposition or object such as Kant's account of our knowledge of sensible objects
the supposed faculty or process by which we obtain any of these
Derived Forms
intuitional, adjective
intuitionally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin intuitiō a contemplation, from Latin intuērī to gaze upon, from tuērī to look at
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Word Origin and History for intuition

mid-15c., from Late Latin intuitionem (nominative intuitio) "a looking at, consideration," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin intueri "look at, consider," from in- "at, on" (see in- (2)) + tueri "to look at, watch over" (see tuition).

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