[in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-]


perceiving directly by intuition without rational thought, as a person or the mind.
perceived by, resulting from, or involving intuition: intuitive knowledge.
having or possessing intuition: an intuitive person.
capable of being perceived or known by intuition.
easy to understand or operate without explicit instruction: an intuitive design; an intuitive interface.

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

Synonyms for intuitive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intuitiveness

Contemporary Examples of intuitiveness

Historical Examples of intuitiveness

  • Yet, with all her intuitiveness, she found him difficult and enigmatic.

    The Eye of Dread

    Payne Erskine

  • He could realise whither he was going, as Emerson in his intuitiveness never did.

  • Still more valuable perhaps is the intuitiveness of rare great minds, their traditionalism and their inherited qualities.

  • Guynemer differed from them mentally, too, possessing neither their instinct nor their intuitiveness.

    Georges Guynemer

    Henry Bordeaux

British Dictionary definitions for intuitiveness



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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper