- a power of perception beyond the five senses; intuition: His sixth sense warned him to be cautious.
Origin of sixth sense
First recorded in 1830–40
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- any supposed sense or means of perception, such as intuition or clairvoyance, other than the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell
Idioms and Phrases with sixth sense
Keen intuition, as in She had a sixth sense that they would find it in the cellar. This term alludes to a sense in addition to the five physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. [c. 1800]
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