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non·​in·​tel·​lec·​tu·​al ˌnän-ˌin-tə-ˈlek-chə-wəl How to pronounce nonintellectual (audio)
: not intellectual
a nonintellectual person
… his recreations tend to be nonintellectual: watching movies, television, or baseball …Current Biography


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: 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

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In Cherkashin, Nash Sovremennik presented a model genealogy as well as a model Pushkin scholar: a righteous, passionate, nonintellectual man of the people. Kathleen Parthé, The New York Review of Books, 18 Aug. 2022 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, 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, 3 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


1649, in the meaning defined above


1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonintellectual was in 1649

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“Nonintellectual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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