Immediate cognition without the use of conscious rational processes.
A natural or inherent impulse or behaviour.
‘Many animals fear fire by instinct.’;
A perceptive insight gained by the use of this faculty.
An intuitive reaction not based on rational conscious thought.
‘an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct’; ‘Debbie's instinct was to distrust John.’;
A looking after; a regard to.
‘What, no reflection on a reward! He might have an intuition at it, as the encouragement, though not the cause, of his pains.’;
(archaic) Imbued, charged (with something).
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.’;
Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; as, birds instinct with life.
‘The chariot of paternal deity . . . Itself instinct with spirit, but convoyedBy four cherubic shapes.’; ‘A noble performance, instinct with sound principle.’;
Any object or truth discerned by intuition.
Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished.
‘An instinct is a propensity prior to experience, and independent of instructions.’; ‘An instinct is a blind tendency to some mode of action, independent of any consideration, on the part of the agent, of the end to which the action leads.’; ‘An instinct is an agent which performs blindly and ignorantly a work of intelligence and knowledge.’; ‘By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrustEnsuing dangers.’;
Any quick insight, recognized immediately without a reasoning process; a belief arrived at unconsciously; - often it is based on extensive experience of a subject.
Specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without thought of improvement in the method.
‘The resemblance between what originally was a habit, and an instinct becomes so close as not to be distinguished.’;
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.
A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct.
instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
To impress, as an animating power, or instinct.
an impression that something might be the case;
‘he had an intuition that something had gone wrong’;
inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli;
‘the spawning instinct in salmon’; ‘altruistic instincts in social animals’;
the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning
‘we shall allow our intuition to guide us’;
(followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated;
‘imbued with the spirit of the Reformation’; ‘words instinct with love’; ‘it is replete with misery’;
a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning
‘your insights and intuitions as a native speaker are positively sought’;
Instinct is the inherent inclination of a living organism towards a particular complex behaviour, containing both innate (inborn) and learned elements. The simplest example of an instinctive behavior is a fixed action pattern (FAP), in which a very short to medium length sequence of actions, without variation, are carried out in response to a corresponding clearly defined stimulus.
Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without recourse to conscious reasoning. Different fields use the word in very different ways, including but not limited to: direct access to unconscious knowledge; unconscious cognition; inner sensing; inner insight to unconscious pattern-recognition; and the ability to understand something instinctively, without any need for conscious reasoning.The word intuition comes from the Latin verb intueri translated as or from the late middle English word intuit, .
‘intuition’; ‘consider’; ‘to contemplate’;