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A back-formation from intuition and intuitive; compare Latin intuitus (observed; considered), perfect participle of intueor (to look at, upon or towards; to observe, regard; to consider, contemplate), from in- (prefix meaning ‘in, inside’) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁én (in)) + tueor (to look or gaze at) (from Proto-Indo-European *tewH- (to observe; to look favourably upon)). See tuition, tutor.



intuit (third-person singular simple present intuits, present participle intuiting, simple past and past participle intuited)

  1. To know intuitively or by immediate perception.
    • 1797, Emmanuel Kant; James Sigismund Beck [i.e., Jakob Sigismund Beck], “The Translator’s Preface”, in The Principles of Critical Philosophy, Selected from the Works of Emmanuel Kant Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin; and Professor of Philosophy in the University of Koenigsberg; and Expounded by James Sigismund Beck Extraordinary Professor in the University of Halle: Translated from the German by an Auditor of the Latter, London: Sold by J. Johnson, W. Richardson; Edinburgh: P. Hill, Manners and Miller; Hamburg: B. G. Hoffmann, OCLC 864749767, page xxxix:
      Accordingly ſome have been pleaſed to name the complex of the phaenomena, so far as it is intuited i.e. apprehended immediately, the ſenſual world, but ſo far as its connection is thought according to univerſal laws of understanding, the intellectual world.
    • 1922, A[rthur] A[ston] Luce, “The Method of Intuition”, in Bergson’s Doctrine of Intuition: The Donnellan Lectures for 1921, London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; New York, N.Y.; Toronto, Ont.: The Macmillan Co., OCLC 3673928, page 29:
      Can the method [Henri Bergson's doctrine of intuition] be taught and learned and practised? Is an education in intuiting possible? Or do intuitions just come to the privileged, unasked, unsought?
    • 1961, V[idiadhar] S[urajprasad] Naipaul, “Among the Readers and Learners”, in A House for Mr Biswas, Russell edition, London: André Deutsch, OCLC 883964866, part 2, page 206:
      Bhandat frowned. The words had made no impression on him. And Mr Biswas knew for sure then, what he had intuited and dismissed: Bhandat was deaf.

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