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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 intuitions
  • Usually, the first column is based on my own experiences and intuitions.
  • It turns out that our intuitions about searing protein aren't totally wrong.
  • Yet, somehow, their interests in and intuitions about the technology never find their way into these artists' songs.
  • Language in its fundamental forms is the symbolic expression of human intuitions.
  • Language is itself the collective art of expression, a summary of thousands upon thousands of individual intuitions.
  • With outbreaks, though, such intuitions are vindicated in case after case.
  • We encounter people, form intuitions about them, and then attempt to verify these impressions.
  • Beauty comes and goes in his work, but intuitions of truth are constant.
  • We answer these questions by drawing on our innate and developed moral intuitions and our society's legal framework.
  • Better yet, our base intuitions about what is important and meaningful emerge reconfigured but strengthened, not invalidated.
British Dictionary definitions for intuitions


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 intuitions



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).

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