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intelligent

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adjective in·tel·li·gent \in-ˈte-lə-jənt\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intelligent

  1. 1 a :  having or indicating a high or satisfactory degree of intelligence and mental capacity b :  revealing or reflecting good judgment or sound thought :  skillful

  2. 2 a :  possessing intelligence b :  guided or directed by intellect :  rational

  3. 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>

intelligential play \-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-shəl\ adjective
intelligently play \-ˈte-lə-jənt-lē\ adverb

Examples of intelligent in a sentence

  1. She asked some intelligent questions.

  2. He's a hard worker but he's not very intelligent.



Origin 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, clever, alert, quick-witted mean mentally keen or quick. intelligent stresses success in coping with new situations and solving problems <an intelligent person could assemble it fast>. clever implies native ability or aptness and sometimes suggests a lack of more substantial qualities <clever with words>. alert stresses quickness in perceiving and understanding <alert to new technology>. quick-witted implies promptness in finding answers in debate or in devising expedients in moments of danger or challenge <no match for his quick-witted opponent>.


INTELLIGENT Defined for Kids

intelligent

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adjective in·tel·li·gent \in-ˈte-lə-jənt\

Definition of intelligent for Students

  1. 1 :  having or showing serious thought and good judgment <an intelligent student> <an intelligent decision>

  2. 2 :  able to learn and understand <Is there intelligent life on other planets?>

intelligently adverb



Law Dictionary

intelligent

adjective in·tel·li·gent

Legal Definition of intelligent

  1. :  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

intelligently adverb


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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