I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. of or relating to the intellect or its use b. developed or chiefly guided by the intellect rather than by emotion or experience ; rational c. requiring use of the intellect <
intellectual games
2. a. given to study, reflection, and speculation b. engaged in activity requiring the creative use of the intellect <
intellectual playwrights
intellectuality nounintellectually adverbintellectualness noun II. noun Date: 1615 1. plural, archaic intellectual powers 2. an intellectual person

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