Definition of intuitive in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /inˈt(y)o͞oədiv/


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
More example sentences
  • 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.
innate, inborn, inherent, natural, congenital;
unconscious, subconscious, right-brained, involuntary, visceral
informal gut
1.1(Chiefly of computer software) easy to use and understand.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /inˈt(y)o͞oədivnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: in·tu·i·tive

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.