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intellectual

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

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

intellectuality

play \ˌin-tə-ˌlek-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

intellectually

play \ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē, -shwə-lē, -chü(-ə)-lē\ adverb

intellectualness

play \ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wəl-nəs, -chəl-, -shwəl-, -chü(-ə)l-\ noun

Examples of intellectual in a Sentence

  1. the social and intellectual life of the campus

  2. as the daughter of college professors, she's used to being around intellectual people

Recent Examples of intellectual from the Web

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First Known Use of intellectual

15th century


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intellectual

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Definition of intellectual

1 intellectuals plural, archaic :intellectual powers
2 :an intellectual person

Examples of intellectual in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of intellectual from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'intellectual.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of intellectual

1599



INTELLECTUAL Defined for English Language Learners

intellectual

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adjective

Definition of intellectual for English Language Learners

  • : 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


intellectual

noun

Definition of intellectual for English Language Learners

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


INTELLECTUAL Defined for Kids

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intellectual

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

Definition of intellectual for Students

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

intellectually

\-wə-lē\ adverb

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intellectual

noun

Definition of intellectual for Students

:a person who takes pleasure in serious study and thought


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