intuition

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Intuition \In'tu*i"tion\, noun [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 intuition.

4. Any quick insight, recognized immediately without a reasoning process; a belief arrived at unconsciously; -- often it is based on extensive experience of a subject. [PJC]

5. The ability to have insight into a matter without conscious thought; as, his chemical intuition allowed him to predict compound conformations without any conscious calculation; a mother's intuition often tells her what is best for her child. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

intuition

noun

1: instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)

2: an impression that something might be the case; "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong" [syn: {intuition}, {hunch}, {suspicion}]


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