2. [syn: intuition, hunch, suspicion]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Intuition \In`tu*i"tion\, n. [L. intuitus, p. p. of intueri to
look on; in- in, on + tueri: cf. F. intuition. See
1. A looking after; a regard to. [Obs.]
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.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
33 Moby Thesaurus words for "intuition":
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