[ in-too-ish-uhn, -tyoo- ]
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  1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.

  2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.

  1. a keen and quick insight.

  2. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.

  3. Philosophy.

    • an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.

    • any object or truth so discerned.

    • pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.

  4. 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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Late Latin intuitiōn-, stem of intuitiō “contemplation,” equivalent to Latin intuit(us), past participle of intuērī “to gaze at, contemplate” + -iō -ion; see in-2, tuition

Other words from intuition

  • in·tu·i·tion·less, adjective

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How to use intuition in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intuition


/ (ˌɪntjʊˈɪʃən) /

  1. knowledge or belief obtained neither by reason nor by perception

  2. instinctive knowledge or belief

  1. a hunch or unjustified belief

  2. philosophy immediate knowledge of a proposition or object such as Kant's account of our knowledge of sensible objects

  3. the supposed faculty or process by which we obtain any of these

Origin of intuition

C15: from Late Latin intuitiō a contemplation, from Latin intuērī to gaze upon, from tuērī to look at

Derived forms of intuition

  • intuitional, adjective
  • intuitionally, adverb

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