I'm a bit confused why jisho.org marks the word 直感的 as a noun in a sentence (直感的な人) while it's a Na-adjective in the dictionary. Based on the meaning and translation (intuitive person) it's also supposed to be an adjective. Is there a rule I don't know about or is it incorrectly marked as a noun?

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    I cannot find any instance of Jisho.org labeling 直観的【ちょっかんてき】 as a noun. Can you edit your post to add a link showing this? The actual 直観的【ちょっかんてき】 entry here clearly labels the word as a "Na-adjective". Feb 2, 2020 at 23:57
  • @EiríkrÚtlendi as shown in the image above, you have to search for it in a phrase or sentence. Then you have to hover over it with your mouse and it shows a part of speech for each word you are hovering over. Though to me, this seems like a question for the creator of Jisho more than anything.
    – Leebo
    Feb 3, 2020 at 0:10
  • @Leebo -- Mousing over Links as shown in the screenshot, I get a popup menu, including Sentence search for 直観的. However, I get no search results, so there's nothing to mouse over. Since I couldn't reproduce the issue, I couldn't say much about how to proceed. Feb 3, 2020 at 0:25
  • @Leebo -- However, if I search specifically for 直観的な人 and not just in "sentences", I can reproduce the OP's issue. It seems that Jisho.org has this same mistake for all -na adjectives formed from [NOUN] + 的, such as 印象的, 合理的, etc, but not for "regular" -na adjectives like 綺麗. Feb 3, 2020 at 0:26
  • @number, as Leebo suggested in the comment above, this is a mistake in the coding or data at Jisho.org, and should be reported to them directly. Feb 3, 2020 at 0:27

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The adjective you asked about is formed from the noun 直感{ちょっかん} in the standard way of adding the 的{てき} suffix. Adjectives formed this way are all な-adjectives.

In the example you give (直感的な人), indeed, it seems to figure as a な-adjective qualifying 人.

You can also form an adverb from it in the standard way of adding に, as for all な-adjectives. Take for instance this sentence (from Tatoeba): 直感的{ちょっかんてき}には、基本的な意味の最小単位は単語です。

Most な-adjective can also be used as nouns. However with adjectives formed using 的、usually you go back to the corresponding noun by simply removing 的.

For example: あなたは直感を信じないのですか? "Do you believe in intuition?" There would be no need to add 的 here.

  • Thank you for such a detailed answer! Very helpful.
    – number
    Feb 3, 2020 at 12:04

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