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
How is this anything other than the president of the United States going over and seeing the First Lady, who by the way speaks five languages, is incredibly beautiful, and is incredibly intelligent, and is a great representative of our country?
There were a lot of intelligent people, a lot of good writers who could never really speak up.
Cohn, an intelligent and creative 17-year-old, plans to answer the question in the near future.
Mary was an intelligent student, having the highest grades among students at both high schools at the time.
The Pacers identified Leaf during the predraft evaluation process as an intelligent player who is capable of grasping every aspect of a team’s playbook.
Detroit needed floor-spacers, and gets a tough, intelligent player here who should be solid, if not spectacular.
Cats are highly intelligent and many of them are amenable to learning tricks — or, as cats would put it, teaching you to give them treats.
Conley has always come off as serious, intelligent and thoughtful.
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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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