Definitions for: Intuition


[n] instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
[n] an impression that something might be the case; "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"



Webster (1913) Definition: In`tu*i"tion, n. [L. intuitus, p. p. of intueri to
look on; in- in, on + tueri: cf. F. intuition. See
Tuition.]
1. A looking after; a regard to. [Obs.]

What, no reflection on a reward! He might have an
intuition at it, as the encouragement, though not
the cause, of his pains. --Fuller.

2. Direct apprehension or cognition; immediate knowledge, as
in perception or consciousness; -- distinguished from
``mediate'' knowledge, as in reasoning; as, the mind knows
by intuition that black is not white, that a circle is not
a square, that three are more than two, etc.; quick or
ready insight or apprehension.

Sagacity and a nameless something more, -- let us
call it intuition. --Hawthorne.

3. Any object or truth discerned by direct cognition;
especially, a first or primary truth.

Synonyms: hunch, suspicion

See Also: basic cognitive process, belief, bosom, feeling, gnosis, heart, immediacy, immediate apprehension, impression, insight, inspiration, notion, opinion, sixth sense

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