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1intellectual

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

: 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
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
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 \-ˌlek-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ly \-ˈlek-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē, -shwə-lē, -chü(-ə)-lē\ adverb
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ness \-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>

First Known Use of INTELLECTUAL

14th century

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fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

2intellectual

noun

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

Full Definition of INTELLECTUAL

1
plural archaic :  intellectual powers
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

First Known Use of INTELLECTUAL

1615
INTELLECTUALS Defined for Kids

1intellectual

adjective in·tel·lec·tu·al \ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wəl\

Definition of INTELLECTUAL for Kids

1
:  of or relating to thought or understanding <intellectual development>
2
:  interested in serious study and thought <an intellectual person>
3
:  requiring study and thought <an intellectual challenge>
in·tel·lec·tu·al·ly \-wə-lē\ adverb

2intellectual

noun

Definition of INTELLECTUAL for Kids

:  a person who takes pleasure in serious study and thought

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