intellection

noun

in·​tel·​lec·​tion ˌin-tə-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce intellection (audio)
1
: an act of the intellect : thought
2
: exercise of the intellect : reasoning

Example Sentences

notebooks filled with his intellections on an amazing array of topics ever since Descartes 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 There is pleasant cohesion to his body of work, with its blend of bookish intellection and breezy verbal humor. The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 This is a big spread, in other words, an ambitious platter of intellection and emotion. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1526, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of intellection was circa 1526

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“Intellection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intellection. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

intellection

noun

in·​tel·​lec·​tion ˌint-ᵊl-ˈek-shən How to pronounce intellection (audio)
1
: exercise of the intellect
2
: a specific act of the intellect : idea

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