An example of intuition is love at first sight.
- the direct knowing or learning of something without the conscious use of reasoning; immediate understanding
- something known or learned in this way
- the ability to perceive or know things without conscious reasoning
Origin of intuitionLate Latin from Classical Latin intuitus, past participle of intueri, to look at, regard from in-, in + tueri, to look at, view
- The faculty of knowing or understanding something without reasoning or proof. See Synonyms at reason.
- An impression or insight gained by the use of this faculty: “I had this intuition you would come here just after the rain broke” ( Carson McCullers )
Origin of intuitionMiddle English intuicioun insight from Late Latin intuitiō intuitiōn- a looking at from Latin intuitus a look from past participle of intuērī to look at, contemplate in- on ; see in- 2. tuērī to look at
From Middle French intuition, from Medieval Latin intuitio (“a looking at, immediate cognition”), from Latin intueri (“to look at, consider”), from in (“in, on”) + tueri (“to look, watch, guard, see, observe”).