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[in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-] /ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-/
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
1585-95; < Medieval Latin intuitīvus. See intuition, -ive
Related forms
intuitively, adverb
intuitiveness, noun
nonintuitive, adjective
nonintuitively, adverb
nonintuitiveness, noun
quasi-intuitive, adjective
quasi-intuitively, adverb
unintuitive, adjective
unintuitively, adverb
2. innate, inborn, natural. Unabridged
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  • Hayden felt as if in some peculiar, intuitive sort of way, he had expected this from the first.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • She had an intuitive feeling that unless she moved he would not perceive her.

  • Is this primarily learned by experience; or is it an intuitive conviction, which conditions experience.

  • Instantly she bent far over toward him with intuitive scrutiny.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • He knew that they knew him more thoroughly than he did himself, and shrank from the intuitive vision of these small clairvoyants.

    Cressy Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for intuitive


resulting from intuition: an intuitive awareness
of, characterized by, or involving intuition
Derived Forms
intuitively, adverb
intuitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for intuitive

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
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