Definition of intelligent
3a : 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 7b : able to produce printed material from digital signals an intelligent copier
intelligentialplay \in-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-shəl\ adjective
intelligentlyplay \in-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.
Recent Examples of intelligent from the Web
Indeed, Hebert gives Sister every bit of the authority and energy of those dedicated and playful, strong and intelligent, stern and sweet women who taught generation after generation of children how to read, write, treat one another and pray.
The intelligent seventh-grader’s training grounds, however, perhaps look a bit different from those of most chess champions.
Ferrin rounds out the cast as Sarah, a sympathetic and intelligent nurse at the hospital where the infected and dying are being treated.
A high-resolution security camera would provide a glimpse at the potential for increasingly intelligent computers to see and understand everything going on in people’s homes.
Goffin’s cockatoos are native to Indonesia and known as intelligent and affectionate.
And perhaps just as important, I've been blessed with you, with a broad and intelligent audience --
Both engines have direct fuel injection and intelligent variable valve timing.
Beansprock, which originated from the MIT Media Lab, is another company seeking to infuse the tedious task of job hunting with an artificially intelligent touch.
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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: circa 1540
Synonym Discussion of intelligent
INTELLIGENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intelligent for English Language Learners
: 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
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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