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[in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-]
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  1. perceiving directly by intuition without rational thought, as a person or the mind.
  2. perceived by, resulting from, or involving intuition: intuitive knowledge.
  3. having or possessing intuition: an intuitive person.
  4. capable of being perceived or known by intuition.
  5. easy to understand or operate without explicit instruction: an intuitive design; an intuitive interface.
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Origin of intuitive

From the Medieval Latin word intuitīvus, dating back to 1585–95. See intuition, -ive
Related formsin·tu·i·tive·ly, adverbin·tu·i·tive·ness, nounnon·in·tu·i·tive, adjectivenon·in·tu·i·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·tu·i·tive·ness, nounqua·si-in·tu·i·tive, adjectivequa·si-in·tu·i·tive·ly, adverbun·in·tu·i·tive, adjectiveun·in·tu·i·tive·ly, adverb

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Related Words for intuitive

perceptive, emotional, visceral, spontaneous, innate, automatic, direct, habitual, immediate, inherent, involuntary, natural, understood, untaught, instinctual, unreflecting

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British Dictionary definitions for intuitive


  1. resulting from intuitionan intuitive awareness
  2. of, characterized by, or involving intuition
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Derived Formsintuitively, adverbintuitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for intuitive


1640s, from Middle French intuitif or directly from Medieval Latin intuitivus, from intuit-, past participle stem of intueri "look at, consider" (see intuition). Related: Intuitively; intuitiveness.

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