in·​tel·​lec·​tion | \ ˌin-tə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce intellection (audio) \

Definition of intellection

1 : an act of the intellect : thought
2 : exercise of the intellect : reasoning

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notebooks filled with his intellections on an amazing array of topics ever since Decartes famously declared, “I think, therefore I am,” people have tended to regard acts of conscious intellection as proof of their own existence
Recent Examples on the Web This is a big spread, in other words, an ambitious platter of intellection and emotion. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘Here I Am,’ Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tale of a Fracturing Family," 6 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of intellection

circa 1526, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of intellection was circa 1526

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“Intellection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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in·​tel·​lec·​tion | \ ˌint-ᵊl-ˈek-shən How to pronounce intellection (audio) \

Medical Definition of intellection

1 : exercise of the intellect
2 : a specific act of the intellect : idea

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