Intuition

Definition of Intuition

In`tu`i´tion
n.1.
1.A looking after; a regard to.
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.
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.

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ESP, anschauung, clairsentience, clairvoyance, common sense, extrasensory perception, feeling, foreboding, forefeeling, foresight, funny feeling, hunch, impression, intimation, intuitive impression, intuitiveness, lucidity, mother wit, perception, perceptiveness, percipience, perspicacity, preapprehension, premonition, presentiment, psychometry, second sight, sixth sense, suspicion, vague feeling, vague idea
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