intuition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n intuition instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
    • n intuition an impression that something might be the case "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intuition 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."
    • Intuition Any object or truth discerned by intuition.
    • Intuition Any quick insight, recognized immediately without a reasoning process; a belief arrived at unconsciously; -- often it is based on extensive experience of a subject.
    • Intuition 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 ."
    • Intuition 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intuition A looking on; a sight or view.
    • n intuition Direct or immediate cognition or perception; comprehension of ideas or truths independently of ratiocination; instinctive knowledge of the relations or consequences of ideas, facts, or actions.
    • n intuition Specifically, in philosophy, an immediate cognition of an object as existent.
    • n intuition [Some writers hold that the German Anschauung should not be translated by intuition. But this term is a part of the Kantian terminology, the whole of which was framed in Latin and translated into German, and this word in particular was used by Kant in his Latin writings in the form intuitus, and he frequently brackets this form after Anschauung, to make his meaning clear. Besides, the cognitio intuitiva of Scotus, who anticipated some of Kant's most important views on this subject, is almost identical with Kant's own definition of Anschauung. Intellectual intuition, used since Kant for an immediate cognition of the existence of God, was by the German mystics employed for their spiritual illumination (the term intuitio intellectualis was borrowed by them from Cardinal de Cusa), or light of nature.]
    • n intuition Any object or truth discerned by direct cognition; a first or primary truth; a truth that cannot be acquired by but is assumed in experience.
    • n intuition Pure, untaught knowledge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Intuition in-tū-ish′un the power of the mind by which it immediately perceives the truth of things without reasoning or analysis: a truth so perceived, immediate knowledge in contrast with mediate
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Quotations

  • Alexis Carrel
    Alexis Carrel
    “All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.”
  • Albert Einstein
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    “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
  • Bill Gates
    Bill Gates
    “Often you have to rely on intuition.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
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    “Intuition is the clear concept of the whole at once.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intuitus, p. p. of intueri, to look on; in-, in, on + tueri,: cf. F. intuition,. See Tuition
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. in, into or upon, tuēri, tuitus, to look.

Usage

In literature:

A veritable woman in his intuitions, he spoke from them, and the heart of the people responded.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
It is a mistake to set these swift changes down to political levity; they were due rather to quickness of political intuition.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
That the case of moral intuitions is very much stronger.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
No, he had intuitions; he must have an eye.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
An intuition had told him this.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Intuition is entirely receptive and it receives the illumination offered to it at one single indrawing, at one breath.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
As Conscience took the missive a sudden intuition hinted the contents and the waxy white of her cheeks became a dead pallor.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
What we call superstitions were really great scientific intuitions or prophecies.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
It is where a little intuition is worth much wisdom.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
I speak from intuition; I am not really wise.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
It is the only proof of himself, his intuitive language.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
I had a quick intuition that here was something for me to work at.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
He at once intuitively recognised that here was the object of his search and his longing.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
My intuition tells me so.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
But the policeman's threatening club has a universal language that he understands and intuitively obeys.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
He cannot tell why, but he feels intuitively that Miss St. Vincent is quite different from the women in his family.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Intuition warned him of what was coming; but he could not believe it yet.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
In an instant her intuition told her that something was wrong.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Words with the quality and vigor of intuitive imagination poured out of him.
"Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati" by Warren C. Herrick
Indeed, a doctrine of intuitive perception is a sheer impossibility upon his principles.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
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In poetry:

Enraptured thoughts intuitive,
Make haste to greet thy page.
Melodious with sweet accord,
And classic too with age.
"Emma Alice Browne" by James McCauley
He was sturdy, strong, and honest,
In body and mind he had vim,
So we learned by intuition,
To place much reliance on Tim.
"Tim" by Jared Barhite
There needs no graven line to give
The story of his blameless youth;
All hearts shall throb intuitive,
And nature guess the simple truth.
"Kinsman" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He, with the faultless intuition born
Of splendid faculties, sees things aright,
And all his strong, immeasurable scorn
Falls like a thunder on the hypocrite.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
An arm that never shook did not obscure
Her woman's intuition of the bliss -
Their tempter's moment o'er the black abyss,
Across the narrow plank--he could abjure.
"The Hueless Love" by George Meredith
With glance intuitive he saw
Through all disguise of form and law,
And read men like an open book;
Fearless and firm, he never quailed
Nor turned aside for threats, nor failed
To do the thing he undertook.
"Wilson" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Relentlessness has a philosophical resonance, which everyone intuitively understands.
Rebecca Bloom, Intuitive Tarot Card Reader from Edgewood, selects cards at a recent Tailgate and Tarot Card Party at The Warhol.
Trust your gut How well do you use your intuition.
The Not-So-Intuitive Way to Turn Off iPhone Ad Tracking.
Tourniquet Systems Offer OR Connectivity, Intuitive Cuff Controls.
Many consider trial-and-error controller tuning an art-a skill requiring the exercise of intuitive facilities, which one cannot learn through study.
Tax time was crunch time for the World Wide Web site of Intuit Inc, the supplier of personal finance software.
Traffic shot up to as much as 20 times its levels the rest of year, as customers downloaded the latest revisions to Intuit's Turbotax tax preparation program.
The Justice Department alleged Friday that Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay Inc, was intimately involved in making an anticompetitive agreement that prohibited eBay and Intuit Inc from hiring each other's employees.
This area focuses on developing intuitive views and overall user experience.
New Quantitative Software for Volumetric Imaging Introduced for iNtuition.
Brian Ales November Intuition Music.
Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2013 + $100 eGift Card.
Feds sue eBay over secret anti-poaching deal with Intuit.
We hope you'll find The Oxford EAGLE's new Web site to be timely in content, clean in design and intuitive to use.
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In science:

Intuitively it is obvious that the growth of the diameter becomes slower when loops can be formed often enough since they produce ”shortcuts”.
Defining statistical ensembles of random graphs
As an example, this characterization suggests a simple, intuitive proof of the well-known fact that no quantum operation can increase the distinguishability of two quantum states .
A simple operational interpretation of the fidelity
A simple and intuitive geometical method to analyze Fresnel formulas is presented.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
A simple model for the gluon structure function at small x is presented, which gives an intuitive picture of the transition between the DGLAP and BFKL regimes.
A Simple Model for the BFKL-DGLAP Transition
They contain the essential features of the CCFM and LDC models, and can therefore give an intuitive picture of the transition between these two regimes.
A Simple Model for the BFKL-DGLAP Transition
This intuitive restriction is very unnatural mathematically if we want for example to study suborbifolds.
Orbispaces and Orbifolds from the Point of View of the Borel Construction, a new Definition
Intuitively, it is ”clear” that the model described above by equations (1), (2) should guarantee that the system be at temperature T, or at least its total kinetic energy be close to that value.
Nonlinear Regimes in Thermostats of Berendsen's Type
Q3 , however interpreting it as a set of rules of the above form is more intuitive.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Intuitive Arithmetic and the formal system PP 2.2.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
Intuitive Arithmetic and Peano’s Arithmetic 5.2.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
Intuitive Arithmetic IA is not a model of PA 6.4.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
The ‘Gödel’ proposition is not ‘provable’”, is intuitively true collapses.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
We use the formal term “formula” as corresponding to the intuitive term “expression”.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
We denote by “n” the formal “numeral” corresponding to the intuitive natural number “n”.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
Arithmetic IA, but rejecting its inconvenient intuitive elements.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
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