Definition of intuitive in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘This recognition is not automatic and intuitive; it has to be constructed.’
    • ‘They may symbolise our more intuitive and instinctive parts or serve as messengers for the unconscious.’
    • ‘The man has a great knowledge of 80's songs and boasts an intuitive feel for what the crowd want to hear.’
    • ‘He knew that he could do any theoretical question by using his proven natural talent and intuitive understanding of the subject.’
    • ‘People can reject dualism at a conscious level, but the intuitive sense that body and soul exist is here to stay.’
    • ‘I want to build products that people find truly useful, are intuitive, and natural to use.’
    • ‘In fact, I think it is partly based on an intuitive phenomenon, which any theory of consciousness has to accommodate.’
    • ‘She was a very intuitive actress and she never consciously worked on her part.’
    • ‘The same held true for clothes - Mary had an intuitive understanding of the power of a pretty dress.’
    • ‘It would in effect make conscious what needs to be intuitive.’
    • ‘It is an intuitive and instinctive art that does not need school tutoring.’
    • ‘In other words, scepticism is a serious problem only if it is not natural or intuitive.’
    • ‘They owe their content not to experience but to the intuitive capacities of reason.’
    • ‘Rather it is an experience to be felt with intensity, it is intuitive, instinctive, wild.’
    • ‘Even apparently intuitive bases of evaluation can be reduced to a series of rules, implying some systematic basis.’
    • ‘The American public seems to have an intuitive sense for soft power even if the term is unfamiliar.’
    • ‘There we have an intuitive reason for believing that the harmonic series diverges.’
    • ‘This simple answer seems to fit many of our intuitive convictions.’
    • ‘I found that she's a very intuitive, instinctive actress, she doesn't talk a lot of stuff about motivations.’
    • ‘His methods were based on his intuitive grasp of velocity and speed-to-power ratios.’
    instinctive, intuitional, instinctual
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    1. 1.1 (chiefly of computer software) easy to use and understand.
      • ‘It has an easy to use, intuitive user interface and state of the art design tools.’
      • ‘With its intuitive graphical user interface, it was easy to create and delete partitions.’
      • ‘All I can say right now is that whatever we choose will be intuitive and easy to use for everyone.’
      • ‘It's very simple to use, operates via an intuitive, uncluttered interface and is packed with useful and fun features.’
      • ‘Getting all of this done is very easy thanks to the game's intuitive control scheme.’
      • ‘Once you start printing there's an intuitive piece of software to help you change the printer's settings for each print job.’
      • ‘The upgrade program interface will be intuitive and easy to use.’
      • ‘The most surprising result that CA discovered was that drag-and-drop is not as intuitive as we all think it is.’
      • ‘I like the keyboard, which has a great feel, and the layout is smart and intuitive.’
      • ‘The sound output is excellent, and the user interface for the audio player is intuitive.’
      • ‘This one is small enough to fit in ones coat pocket yet has easy to use, intuitive controls.’
      • ‘It's made complex because of the user interface, which is anything but logical and intuitive.’
      • ‘An intuitive touch-screen interface provides access to all of the available functions.’
      • ‘The feature set is rich, with a user interface that your users will find intuitive.’
      • ‘The interface is not as intuitive as those of the other programs covered here.’
      • ‘The software is very intuitive to use, even for people who are not used to making music on a computer.’
      • ‘Controls are intuitive and well placed, making the game very easy to pick up and play.’
      • ‘This incorporates a ‘sleek interface that is easy to navigate and intuitive to use’.’
      • ‘All functions are intuitive and within easy reach, no matter what you want to do.’
      • ‘On the other hand, screens on a Web site could be intuitive and navigable by anyone.’


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