intelligent

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adjective in·tel·li·gent \in-ˈte-lə-jənt\

Definition of intelligent

  1. 1a :  having or indicating a high or satisfactory degree of intelligence and mental capacityb :  revealing or reflecting good judgment or sound thought :  skillful

  2. 2a :  possessing intelligenceb :  guided or directed by intellect :  rational

  3. 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

intelligential

play \in-ˌte-lə-ˈjen(t)-shəl\ adjective

intelligently

play \in-ˈte-lə-jənt-lē\ adverb

Examples of intelligent in a Sentence

  1. She asked some intelligent questions.

  2. He's a hard worker but he's not very intelligent.

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, clever, alert, quick-witted mean mentally keen or quick. intelligent stresses success in coping with new situations and solving problems. an intelligent person could assemble it fast clever implies native ability or aptness and sometimes suggests a lack of more substantial qualities. clever with words alert stresses quickness in perceiving and understanding. alert to new technology quick-witted implies promptness in finding answers in debate or in devising expedients in moments of danger or challenge. no match for his quick-witted opponent


INTELLIGENT Defined for English Language Learners

intelligent

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adjective in·tel·li·gent \in-ˈte-lə-jənt\

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

intelligent

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adjective in·tel·li·gent \in-ˈte-lə-jənt\

Definition of intelligent for Students

  1. 1 :  having or showing serious thought and good judgment an intelligent student an intelligent decision

  2. 2 :  able to learn and understand Is there intelligent life on other planets?

intelligently

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Law Dictionary

intelligent

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Legal Definition of intelligent

  1. :  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

intelligently

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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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