[in-too-ish-uh n, -tyoo-]


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

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
Related formsin·tu·i·tion·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intuition

Contemporary Examples of intuition

Historical Examples of intuition

  • 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.


    William J. Locke

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

  • The very drunk have the intuition sometimes of savages or brute beasts.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

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


    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 Formsintuitional, adjectiveintuitionally, adverb

Word Origin for intuition

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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