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[in-too-i-tiv, -tyoo-] /ɪnˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ˈtyu-/

perceiving directly by without rational thought, as a person or the mind.
perceived by, resulting from, or involving intuition:
intuitive knowledge.
having or possessing intuition:
an intuitive person.
capable of being perceived or known by intuition.
easy to understand or operate without explicit instruction: an intuitive design;
an intuitive interface.
resulting from intuition: an intuitive awareness
of, characterized by, or involving intuition

1640s, from Middle French intuitif or directly from Medieval Latin intuitivus, from intuit-, past participle stem of intueri “look at, consider” (see intuition). Related: Intuitively; intuitiveness.


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