Definition of intuition in English:


Syllabification: in·tu·i·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌint(y)o͞oˈiSHən


  • 1The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning: we shall allow our intuition to guide us
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    • Remember do not get overly concerned, basic common sense and intuition are your best guide.
    • She uses her acting abilities and intuition to bluff foes out of their clothes.
    • I've heard it vaguely before, and it exposes a hole in my understanding and intuition, if true.
  • 1.1A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning: your insights and intuitions as a native speaker are positively sought
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    • Subjective insights, intuitions and hunches fall into this category of knowledge.
    • As an illustration, consider our intuitions about brain-transplants.
    • The work is an attempt to say something interesting by exploring the author's hunches and intuitions.
    hunch, feeling (in one's bones), inkling, (sneaking) suspicion, idea, sense, notion; premonition, presentiment
    informal gut feeling, gut instinct



Pronunciation: /-ˈiSHənl/
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  • There had been something that had been bothering me for a while that I had refused to acknowledge: Why had Wade been acting the way he was after I had called him on a intuitional feeling I had about him and a grudge against me?
  • These included his versions of the strong law of large numbers and the law of the iterated logarithm, some generalisations of the operations of differentiation and integration, and a contribution to intuitional logic.
  • There is the 38-day intuitional cycle, the 43-day aesthetic cycle, and the 53-day spiritual cycle.


Pronunciation: /-ˈiSHənl-ē/
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  • The first five factors intuitionally make sense to us, and the factor loadings connected to them are also strong.
  • It is possible to display or generate a map image which can easily be understood intuitionally by a user who is moving.
  • At many schools, reading tests have been constructed intuitionally without the precise mutual discussion and agreement among teachers on which item tests which type of skill.


late Middle English (denoting spiritual insight or immediate spiritual communication): from late Latin intuitio(n-), from Latin intueri 'consider' (see intuit).

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