intelligent design


Definition of intelligent design

: the theory that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by a designing intelligence

Examples of intelligent design in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people have a hard time believing such perfection can come to be without intelligent design. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Why We Love the Monolith," 3 Dec. 2020 There is, in all of this movement, no fixed pattern, no overarching intention, no trace of intelligent design. Stephen Greenblatt, The New Yorker, "Invisible Bullets: What Lucretius Taught Us About Pandemics," 16 Mar. 2020 Popp and Cotton said evolution, creationism and intelligent design should all be allowed in the science curriculum. Alia Malik,, "Multiple candidates vying in State Board of Education district representing San Antonio," 9 Feb. 2020 In terms of intellectual respectability, astrology falls somewhere between flat-earth conspiracy theories and belief in intelligent design. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 13 Apr. 2018 In Arizona last year, three of the candidates vying for state school superintendent wanted students to be taught intelligent design, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "Why Some Public-School Kids Don’t Learn About Evolution," 19 Sep. 2019 Roosegaarde believe the solutions to climate change start with intelligent design. Robert Horn, Fortune, "Why Two Environmentally-Minded Designers Are Optimistic About the Future," 6 Sep. 2019 Further Reading The Lamborghini Huracán Evo is actually proof of intelligent designThe C8 gets a new variant of the GM family direct-injection 6.2L V8, called the LT2. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Corvette goes mid-engined—supercar performance for $60,000," 19 July 2019 Nothing is so tricky, and honors an audience so much, as the laying out of a careful, intelligent design. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Elizabethan," 21 Aug. 2019

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

See More

First Known Use of intelligent design

1990, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about intelligent design

Time Traveler for intelligent design

Time Traveler

The first known use of intelligent design was in 1990

See more words from the same year

Statistics for intelligent design

Last Updated

10 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intelligent design.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on intelligent design Encyclopedia article about intelligent design

Comments on intelligent design

What made you want to look up intelligent design? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!