Definition of intuition in English:

intuition

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.

    ‘we shall allow our intuition to guide us’
    • ‘And also many of us believe that intuition is one of our tools in this search.’
    • ‘The history of science tells story after story of challenges to human intuition.’
    • ‘Remember do not get overly concerned, basic common sense and intuition are your best guide.’
    • ‘His impulse is to flee, however his intuition is to stay with his child's waking memory.’
    • ‘In addition to your five physical senses, you were born with intuition, your sixth sense.’
    • ‘She learns some of her trade from books, but relies on her intuition and common sense for much more.’
    • ‘Enhance your intuition, which will allow you to look deeply within yourself and into others around you.’
    • ‘In following your inner guide, wisdom and intuition you feel more whole, integrated and centered.’
    • ‘She totally keeps amazing me with her intuition, her perception and her intellect.’
    • ‘Instinct and intuition rule their actions and decisions and reason be dammed!’
    • ‘We're trusting our intuition a lot more and being able to rely on each other's intuition.’
    • ‘Our intuition and psychic abilities will began to peak during this time.’
    • ‘They know they have to live their own lives, and use that inherent intuition as a guide to practical decisions.’
    • ‘Nevertheless let us accept that astrologers may use some sort of intuition or psychic ability when reading a birth chart.’
    • ‘If the analyst does not know how to behave, or hold the frame, there is little room for intuition.’
    • ‘Use your intuition and telepathy to decide whether either of these cards should take precedence over a non-trump Ace.’
    • ‘She uses her acting abilities and intuition to bluff foes out of their clothes.’
    • ‘When I think about it, probably what I'm being told to do is just to run with my intuition and common sense.’
    • ‘They had no firm evidence, but every ounce of their intuition and common sense told them it was a stupid thing to do.’
    • ‘I've heard it vaguely before, and it exposes a hole in my understanding and intuition, if true.’
    instinct, intuitiveness
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A 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’
      • ‘These intuitions are strengthened when we consider how current technology might conceivably extend.’
      • ‘What is certified in the end is a set of impressions, insights, and intuitions.’
      • ‘Hunches, guesses, insights, feelings, and intuitions lead to misdirection and error.’
      • ‘Each can be seen as attempting to refine, rather than reject, the basic intuitions which motivated the previous one.’
      • ‘Here fundamental human moral intuitions will inevitably come into play.’
      • ‘As an illustration, consider our intuitions about brain-transplants.’
      • ‘His purpose on earth was to offer his own thoughts and intuitions to fellow seekers.’
      • ‘According to this account, our original intuitions about this inference were wrong.’
      • ‘However, though intuitions can vary here, there is a powerful case for answering ‘No’.’
      • ‘With that in mind, it's always interesting to see intuitions confirmed by quantitative or experimental analysis.’
      • ‘It's sort of an odd way of thinking about it, but it certainly matches many people's intuitions.’
      • ‘Where exactly do you draw the distinction between concepts and intuitions in the actual use of language?’
      • ‘It can indicate premonitions or other intuitions about what is to come.’
      • ‘The work is an attempt to say something interesting by exploring the author's hunches and intuitions.’
      • ‘A second and more important reason not to rely on moral intuitions is that they may simply be wrong or unjust.’
      • ‘Excluded from consideration are such matters as a speaker's intentions, intuitions, and conceptualizations.’
      • ‘Still, his obstinate moral intuitions may have been a virtue in this crisis.’
      • ‘I have not seen anything that's as sensitive as workers' intuitions.’
      • ‘Subjective insights, intuitions and hunches fall into this category of knowledge.’
      • ‘In this area, we quickly come down to moral intuitions and visceral reactions.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

intuition

/ɪntjʊˈɪʃ(ə)n/