non·​in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al | \ ˌnän-ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wəl How to pronounce nonintellectual (audio) , -chəl, -shwəl, -chü(-ə)l \

Definition of nonintellectual

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: not intellectual a nonintellectual person … his recreations tend to be nonintellectual: watching movies, television, or baseball …Current Biography



Definition of nonintellectual (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is not intellectual Intellectuals think of themselves as being smart and interesting people, but nonintellectuals think of them as arrogant, boring, impractical, or coldly analytical.— Steven Reiss

Examples of nonintellectual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Such thumbnail indictments of the nonintellectual masses seemed to stem from Hofstadter’s own mounting sense of political and cultural homelessness in the postwar world. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "What Richard Hofstadter Got Wrong," 16 Apr. 2020 George, meanwhile, grew up in a cheerfully nonintellectual and inclusive household that celebrated Christmas and just about anything involving their son, even Lizzie. Ellen Emry Heltzel, The Seattle Times, "Nancy Pearl’s debut novel on an unlikely marriage is a fun read," 3 Sep. 2017

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1649, in the meaning defined above


1908, in the meaning defined above

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