intuition

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
in•tu•i•tion /ˌɪntuˈɪʃən, -tyu-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. direct perception of, or the power of understanding, a fact, the truth, a conclusion, etc., without any reasoning process or analysis:[uncountable]Your argument is based on intuition, not logic.
  2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way:[countable]His intuitions were usually right.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
in•tu•i•tion  (in′to̅o̅ ishən, -tyo̅o̅-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process;
    immediate apprehension.
  2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
  3. a keen and quick insight.
  4. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
  5. Philosophy
    • an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
    • any object or truth so discerned.
    • pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.
  6. Linguisticsthe ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker's native-language competence.
in′tu•ition•less, adj. 
  • Late Latin intuitiōn- (stem of intuitiō) contemplation, equivalent. to Latin intuit(us), past participle of intuērī to gaze at, contemplate + -iōn- -ion. See in-2, tuition
  • late Middle English 1400–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

intuition /ˌɪntjʊˈɪʃən/ n
  1. knowledge or belief obtained neither by reason nor by perception
  2. instinctive knowledge or belief
  3. a hunch or unjustified belief
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin intuitiō a contemplation, from Latin intuērī to gaze upon, from tuērī to look at

ˌintuˈitional adj ˌintuˈitionally adv



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