intuition[in′to̵̅o̅ is̸h′ən, -tyo̵̅o̅-]
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”).