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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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Examples from the web for intuitive
  • They probably did the maximum that could be done with intuitive thinking.
  • The heel, too, is more intuitive to use in both downhill and touring modes.
  • We also observed and tried to understand in an intuitive way why these places are pristine, and what this means.
  • He has found a way to define that intuition to help those who don't have that intuitive interaction with dogs.
  • It is less intuitive to grasp that when a gas condenses to a liquid, heat is given off and the process is exothermic.
  • It makes intuitive sense that chronic fatigue syndrome would be caused by a bacterium or virus.
  • Because they dismiss their intuitive side, it's obvious they're half-wits.
  • It is a spacetime theory and there is nothing of the totally counter intuitive result of quantum mechanics in relativity.
  • His conclusion is intriguing because it's rather counter-intuitive.
  • It evolved to learn lots of automatic, intuitive responses which were stored in the big brain.
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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