Definition of intuition in US English:

intuition

noun

  • 1The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

intuition

/ˌɪnt(j)uˈɪʃ(ə)n//ˌint(y)o͞oˈiSH(ə)n/