Simple Definition of intelligent
: having or showing the ability to easily learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations : having or showing a lot of intelligence
: able to learn and understand things
: having an ability to deal with problems or situations that resembles or suggests the ability of an intelligent person
Full Definition of intelligent
3 a : guided or controlled by a computer; especially : using a built-in microprocessor for automatic operation, for processing of data, or for achieving greater versatility — compare dumb 7 b : able to produce printed material from digital signals <an intelligent copier>
intelligentialplay \-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-shəl\ adjective
intelligentlyplay \-ˈte-lə-jənt-lē\ adverb
Examples of intelligent in a sentence
She asked some intelligent questions.
He's a hard worker but he's not very intelligent.
Origin and Etymology of intelligent
Latin intelligent-, intelligens, present participle of intelligere, intellegere to understand, from inter- + legere to gather, select — more at legend
First Known Use: 1509
Synonym Discussion of intelligent
INTELLIGENT Defined for Kids
Definition of intelligent for Students
1 : having or showing serious thought and good judgment <an intelligent student> <an intelligent decision>
2 : able to learn and understand <Is there intelligent life on other planets?>
Legal Definition of intelligent
: having or indicating a high or satisfactory degree of intelligence and mental capacity; especially : having or indicating an understanding of the nature and consequences of an act or decision <a knowing and intelligent waiver of counsel> — compare knowing
Additional Notes on intelligent
Under Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), a waiver of rights must be knowing and intelligent.
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