from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or arising from intuition: synonym: instinctive.
  • adjective Possessing or demonstrating intuition.
  • adjective Easily understood and simple to use.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Perceiving directly, without a medium, vicarious representation, symbol, or phenomenon; perceiving the object immediately as it exists.
  • Pertaining to a knowledge (especially, but not exclusively, an immediate knowledge) of a thing as existent.
  • Not determined by other cognitions; not discursive; of the nature of a first premise; immediate; self-evident; reached without reasoning by an inexplicable and unconscious process of thought.
  • Presenting an object as an individual image; not general.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Seeing clearly
  • adjective Knowing, or perceiving, by intuition; capable of knowing without deduction or reasoning.
  • adjective Received, reached, obtained, or perceived, by intuition; ; -- opposed to deductive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective spontaneous, without requiring conscious thought
  • adjective easily understood or grasped by intuition
  • adjective having a marked degree of intuition
  • noun One who has (especially parapsychological) intuition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective obtained through intuition rather than from reasoning or observation
  • adjective spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency


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  • I have just discovered a completely new construction. Faced with the clause 'The firm is intuitive to our needs', I thought first, 'That's not English', and second, 'How do we say that in English?' I then asked my respected colleague and she confirmed that it wasn't correct.

    But Google shows about 150 000 hits for "is intuitive to * needs", which are robust (they don't go away as you page through). I was about to accept it as a mere quirk that I'd never encountered this construction before. Then I added site:UK to the search. That brings it down to eight (8) hits, rather than the expected ten to fifteen thousand. No wonder I'd never heard it before.

    June 15, 2010