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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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Examples from the web for intuition
  • Insight and intuition are qualities linked to this color.
  • Her understanding of her husband is a result both of her intuition and of the years she spent with him.
  • Only his errors preserve the doubts, quirks, and prejudices that fed his intuition.
  • That's why you run the model: human intuition often fails.
  • The intuition here is simple: if there is selection for large males, there will be selection for large daughters indirectly.
  • At first his intuition, molded by decades of experience, recoiled from the thought.
  • Mathematicians have strong intuitions about all sorts of objects, and often fuel this intuition by mental pictures.
  • In subsequent years, he proved himself to be a chemist of brilliance and intuition.
  • Many of the sample sizes are small, but they align with our intuition.
  • If you are going to argue about being completely rational here, you have to quantify this intuition.
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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