Definition of intuition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪntjuˈɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntuˈɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the ability to know something by using your feelings rather than considering the facts Intuition told her that he had spoken the truth. He was guided by intuition and personal judgement. The answer came to me in a flash of intuition.
  2. 2[countable] intuition (that…) an idea or a strong feeling that something is true although you cannot explain why I had an intuition that something awful was about to happen.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting spiritual insight or immediate spiritual communication): from late Latin intuitio(n-), from Latin intueri ‘consider’, from in- ‘upon’ + tueri ‘to look’.Extra examples Her feminine intuition told her that he was unhappy. Intuition told me we were going in the wrong direction. It came upon him in a flash of intuition. Most business decisions are guided by pure intuition. She had an intuition that her mother wasn’t very well. She learned to trust her intuitions about other people’s motives. There is a moral intuition that the better-off should give to the worse-off. an intuition about where to find wild strawberries the intuition behind her theory Call it women’s intuition if you like, but I knew he was up to something. His presence there confirmed my original intuition. I seem to get to the answers as much by intuition as by any special knowledge. Intuition told her that he was telling the truth. Jack’s intuition to call her that day had been right. The contestants will be given no instructions but will have to rely on their own intuition. We weren’t sure whether our intuitions were correct.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intuition