Definition of intuitive in English:


Syllabification: in·tu·i·tive
Pronunciation: /inˈt(y)o͞oitiv


  • 1Using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive: I had an intuitive conviction that there was something unsound in him
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    • They may symbolise our more intuitive and instinctive parts or serve as messengers for the unconscious.
    • It is an intuitive and instinctive art that does not need school tutoring.
    • In fact, I think it is partly based on an intuitive phenomenon, which any theory of consciousness has to accommodate.
    instinctive, instinctual; innate, inborn, inherent, natural, congenital; unconscious, subconscious, right-brained, involuntary, visceral
    informal gut
  • 1.1(Chiefly of computer software) easy to use and understand.
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    • It has an easy to use, intuitive user interface and state of the art design tools.
    • The software is very intuitive to use, even for people who are not used to making music on a computer.
    • Once you start printing there's an intuitive piece of software to help you change the printer's settings for each print job.



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  • The real question is how the viewer instinctively, intuitively responds to a candidate.
  • They play instinctively and intuitively together, with an understanding that belies their youth.
  • When one acts from the heart, or intuitively, I feel that this is the Self.


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  • She stands toe to toe with her male counterparts and brings to the boardroom all the intuitiveness and multi-tasking abilities she is reputed for, inevitably impacting the quality of decision-making.
  • Parenting, mothering in particular, requires a subtle intuitiveness for which there can never be adequate preparation in any job.
  • One applies the topical adhesive with the same intuitiveness as drawing on a tablet.


late 15th century (originally used of sight, in the sense 'accurate, unerring'): from medieval Latin intuitivus, from Latin intueri (see intuit).

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