adjective Etymology: Latin intelligent-, intelligens, present participle of intelligere, intellegere to understand, from inter- + legere to gather, select — more at legend Date: 1509 1. a. having or indicating a high or satisfactory degree of intelligence and mental capacity b. revealing or reflecting good judgment or sound thought ; skillful 2. a. possessing intelligence b. guided or directed by intellect ; rational 3. a. 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 7 b. able to produce printed material from digital signals <
an intelligent copier
intelligential adjectiveintelligently adverb Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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