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[in-too-ish-uh n, -tyoo-] /ˌɪn tuˈɪʃ ən, -tyu-/
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
late Middle English
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
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intuitionless, adjective Unabridged
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  • Though he had no rational reason for expecting trouble he had still his hunch and his intuition.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • When she got through he thanked her and said it was always wise to trust a woman's intuition.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • One would say rather that they recalled something of primitive science and of the era of intuition.

    Tradition John Francis Arundell
  • He had read that women have intuition in affairs of the heart.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • A clue to this understanding may come to him by intuition, by virtue of his own native insight and intelligence.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
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 Forms
intuitional, adjective
intuitionally, adverb
Word Origin
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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intuition in Technology

operating system
The Amiga windowing system (a shared-code library).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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