intellectual

  • 1Intellectual — In tel*lec tu*al (?; 135), a. [L. intellectualis: cf. F. intellectuel.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc. [1913 Webster] Logic is to teach us the right use of our… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2intellectual — UK US /ˌɪntəlˈektjuəl/ adjective ► relating to your ability to think and understand things, especially complicated ideas: »She takes an intellectual approach to decision making, rather than just following her instincts. »I enjoy the intellectual… …

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  • 3intellectual — (adj.) late 14c., grasped by the understanding (rather than by the senses), from O.Fr. intellectuel and directly from L. intellectualis relating to the understanding, from intellectus discernment, understanding, from pp. stem of intelligere to… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4intellectual — [in΄tə lek′cho͞o əl] adj. [ME < LL intellectualis] 1. of or pertaining to the intellect 2. appealing to the intellect 3. a) requiring or involving the intellect b) inclined toward activities that involve the intellect 4 …

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  • 5Intellectual — In tel*lec tu*al, n. 1. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties. [1913 Webster] Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh, Whose higher intellectual more I shun. Milton. [1913 Webster] I kept her intellectuals in a state of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6intellectual — [adj] very smart bookish, brainy*, cerebral, creative, highbrow*, highbrowed*, intellective, intelligent, inventive, learned, mental, phrenic, psychological, rational, scholarly, studious, subjective, thoughtful; concept 402 Ant. foolish,… …

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  • 7Intellectual — (Intellectuell, v. lat), 1) sich auf den Verstand beziehend u. zunächst davon ausgehend, bes. in Gegenstellung vom Sinnlichen; 2) auf das Erkenntnißvermögen sich beziehend u. davon ausgehend, in Nebeneinanderstellung des vom Gefühls u.,… …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 8intellectual — index literate, mastermind, profound (esoteric), sapient Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 9intellectual — *mental, psychic, cerebral, intelligent Antonyms: carnal Contrasted words: *bodily, physical, corporeal, cor poral, somatic: fleshly, animal, sensual (see CARNAL) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10intellectual — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating or appealing to the intellect. 2) having a highly developed intellect. ► NOUN ▪ a person with a highly developed intellect. DERIVATIVES intellectuality noun intellectually adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11Intellectual — An intellectual is a person who uses intelligence (thought and reason) and critical or analytical reasoning in either a professional or a personal capacity. Contents 1 Terminology and endeavours 2 Historical perspectives 2.1 …

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  • 12intellectual */*/ — I UK [ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl] / US [ˌɪnt(ə)lˈektʃuəl] adjective 1) a) relating to the ability to think in an intelligent way and to understand things, especially difficult or complicated ideas and subjects the emotional and intellectual development of… …

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  • 13intellectual — 01. Many [intellectuals] in the former U.S.S.R. were imprisoned or persecuted for expressing viewpoints critical of the government. 02. He is more interested in a woman s body than in her [intellect]. 03. Studies have shown that the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14intellectual — in|tel|lec|tu|al1 [ ,ıntl ektʃuəl ] adjective ** 1. ) relating to the ability to think in an intelligent way and to understand things, especially difficult or complicated ideas and subjects: the emotional and intellectual development of young… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15intellectual — in|tel|lec|tu|al1 W3 [ˌıntıˈlektʃuəl] adj 1.) relating to the ability to understand things and think intelligently →↑mental intellectual development/ability/activity etc ▪ a job that requires considerable intellectual effort 2.) an intellectual… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16intellectual — [[t]ɪ̱ntɪle̱ktʃuəl[/t]] ♦♦♦ intellectuals 1) ADJ: ADJ n Intellectual means involving a person s ability to think and to understand ideas and information. High levels of lead could damage the intellectual development of children... He has written… …

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  • 17intellectual — /ɪntəˈlɛktʃuəl / (say intuh lekchoohuhl) adjective 1. appealing to or engaging the intellect: intellectual pursuits. 2. of or relating to the intellect: intellectual powers. 3. directed or inclined towards things that involve the intellect:… …

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  • 18intellectual — 1 adjective 1 an intellectual activity, quality etc involves intelligent thinking in order to understand or enjoy something: an intellectual film | The student showed enormous intellectual ability. 2 an intellectual person is well educated and… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19intellectual — 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&#8230; …

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  • 20intellectual — intellectually, adv. intellectualness, n. /in tl ek chooh euhl/, adj. 1. appealing to or engaging the intellect: intellectual pursuits. 2. of or pertaining to the intellect or its use: intellectual powers. 3. possessing or showing intellect or&#8230; …

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