AskDefine | Define intuition

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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: hunch, suspicion]

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  1. Immediate cognition without the use of conscious or rational processes.
  2. A perceptive insight gained by the use of this faculty.


Immediate cognition without the use of rational processes
A perceptive insight gained by the use of this faculty

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Extensive Definition

Intuition has many related meanings, usually connected to the meaning "ability to sense or know immediately without reasoning", including:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ESP, anschauung, clairsentience, clairvoyance, common sense, extrasensory perception, feeling, foreboding, forefeeling, foresight, funny feeling, hunch, impression, insight, instinct, 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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