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intuition

If you know the definition of this noun by quick insight without relying on reason, you know what intuition means!

Intuition is a noun whose definition means that someone uses quick understanding to interpret but without using reasoning or perception, a snap judgment. The definition of the word comes from the Latin roots in- meaning "at" or "on" and tueri meaning "look at, watch over." A relative of intuition is tuition, and even though we don't use this particular meaning anymore, it used to refer to having guardianship or custody. If we use our intuition it means that we don't always make the correct interpretation, and in fact, the Australian writer Christina Stead wrote, "Intuition is not infallible; it only seems to be the truth."

Definitions of intuition
  1. noun
    instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
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    feeling, intuitive feeling
    an intuitive understanding of something
    gnosis
    intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths; said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
    insight, sixth sense
    grasping the inner nature of things intuitively
    immediacy, immediate apprehension
    immediate intuitive awareness
    inspiration
    a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
    sprachgefuhl
    an intuitive feeling for the natural idiom of a language
    type of:
    basic cognitive process
    cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge
  2. noun
    an impression that something might be the case
    “he had an intuition that something had gone wrong”
    synonyms: hunch, suspicion
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    bosom, heart
    the locus of feelings and intuitions
    type of:
    belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
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