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intellectual

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adjective in·tel·lec·tu·al \ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wəl, -chəl, -shwəl, -chü(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of intellectual

  • : of or relating to the ability to think in a logical way

  • : involving serious study and thought

  • of a person : smart and enjoying serious study and thought

Full Definition of intellectual

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to the intellect or its use b :  developed or chiefly guided by the intellect rather than by emotion or experience :  rational c :  requiring use of the intellect <intellectual games>

  2. 2 a :  given to study, reflection, and speculation b :  engaged in activity requiring the creative use of the intellect <intellectual playwrights>

in·tel·lec·tu·al·i·ty play \-ˌlek-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ly play \-ˈlek-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē, -shwə-lē, -chü(-ə)-lē\ adverb
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ness play \-ˈlek-chə-wəl-nəs, -chəl-, -shwəl-, -chü(-ə)l-\ noun

Examples of intellectual

  1. the social and intellectual life of the campus

  2. <as the daughter of college professors, she's used to being around intellectual people>



14th Century

First Known Use of intellectual

14th century


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intellectual

noun in·tel·lec·tu·al

Simple Definition of intellectual

  • : a smart person who enjoys serious study and thought : an intellectual person

Full Definition of intellectual

  1. 1 plural archaic :  intellectual powers

  2. 2 :  an intellectual person

Examples of intellectual

  1. He thinks that he's an intellectual, but he doesn't know what he's talking about.

  2. She's a hard worker but she's no great intellectual.

  3. a café where artists and intellectuals mingle



1615

First Known Use of intellectual

1615




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