- intuïtion (pedantic)
From Middle French intuition, from Medieval Latin intuitio (“a looking at, immediate cognition”), from Latin intueri (“to look at, consider”), from in (“in, on”) + tueri (“to look, watch, guard, see, observe”).
- Immediate cognition without the use of conscious rational processes.
- 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational Grammar (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics), volume 1, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, OCLC 730148564, page 4:
- The native speaker's grammatical competence is reflected in two types of
intuition which speakers have about their native language(s) — (i) intuitions
about sentence well-formedness, and (ii) intuitions about sentence structure.
The word intuition is used here in a technical sense which has become stand-
ardised in Linguistics: by saying that a native speaker has intuitions about the
well-formedness and structure of sentences, all we are saying is that he has the
ability to make judgments about whether a given sentence is well-formed or
not, and about whether it has a particular structure or not. [...]
- A perceptive insight gained by the use of this faculty.
- intuition in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- intuition in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- Genitive singular form of intuitio.
intuition f (plural intuitions)