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intelligent

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1 having or showing quickness of mind

  • proud parents typically insist that their child is intelligent way beyond his or her years
  • his intelligent response to the emergency averted a disaster
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2 having the ability to reason

  • there is some debate over whether dolphins are intelligent animals
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3 having or showing good judgment and restraint especially in conduct or speech

  • the only intelligent response to such a tasteless joke is to quickly change the subject
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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


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