Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired. Different writers give the word “intuition” a great variety of different meanings, ranging from direct access to unconscious knowledge, unconscious cognition, inner sensing, inner insight to unconscious pattern-recognition and the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. There are philosophers who contend that the word “intuition” is often misunderstood or misused to mean instinct, truth, belief, meaning but rather realms of greater knowledge and other subjects, whereas others contend that faculties such as instinct, belief and intuition are factually related.The word intuition comes from the Latin verb intueri translated as “consider” or from the late middle English word intuit, “to contemplate”.
Spontaneous, without requiring conscious thought.
“The intuitive response turned out to be correct.”
Easily understood or grasped by intuition.
“Designing software with an intuitive interface can be difficult.”
Having a marked degree of intuition.
One who has (especially parapsychological) intuition.
Alert and paying close attention; watchful.
“The observant police officer noticed that my tax disk was out-of-date.”
Diligently attentive in observing a law, custom, duty or principle; regardful; mindful.
“I was normally observant of the local parking restrictions.”
using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive
“his intuitive understanding of the readers’ real needs”
(chiefly of computer software) easy to use and understand.
quick to notice or perceive things
“her observant eye took in every detail”
adhering strictly to the rules of a particular religion, especially Judaism
“an observant Jew”
a member of a branch of the Franciscan order that followed a strict rule.