Definitions for intellectualˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•tel•lec•tu•alˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl(adj.)

  1. appealing to or engaging the intellect:

    intellectual pursuits.

  2. of, pertaining to, or requiring the intellect or its use.

  3. placing a high value on or pursuing things of interest to the intellect, esp. the higher or more abstract forms of knowledge.

  4. developed by or relying on the intellect rather than emotions or feelings; rational.

  5. possessing or showing mental capacity to a high degree; of superior intellect.

  6. (n.)a person who values or pursues intellectual interests.

  7. a person professionally engaged in mental labor.

  8. a person of superior intellect.

Origin of intellectual:

1350–1400; ME < L intellēctuālis, der. of intellēctusintellect

in`tel•lec`tu•al′i•ty(n.)

in`tel•lec′tu•al•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intellectual, intellect(adj)

    a person who uses the mind creatively

  2. intellectual, rational, noetic(adj)

    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind

    "intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"

  3. intellectual(adj)

    appealing to or using the intellect

    "satire is an intellectual weapon"; "intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor"; "has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people"; "coldly intellectual"; "sort of the intellectual type"; "intellectual literature"

  4. cerebral, intellectual(adj)

    involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

    "a cerebral approach to the problem"; "cerebral drama"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. intellectual(adjective)ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl

    ***relating to sb's intellect; = mental

    ***a student's intellectual abilities

  2. intellectualˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl

    (of a person) intelligent and interested in learning

    his intellectual friends

  3. intellectual(noun)ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl

    an intellectual person

    left-wing intellectuals

Wiktionary

  1. intellectual(Noun)

    An intelligent person, someone interested in intellectual matters.

  2. intellectual(Noun)

    The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.

  3. intellectual(Adjective)

    Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.

  4. intellectual(Adjective)

    Endowed with intellect; having the power of understanding; having capacity for the higher forms of knowledge or thought; characterized by intelligence or mental capacity; as, an intellectual person.

  5. intellectual(Adjective)

    Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.

  6. intellectual(Adjective)

    Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intellectual(adj)

    belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc

  2. Intellectual(adj)

    endowed with intellect; having the power of understanding; having capacity for the higher forms of knowledge or thought; characterized by intelligence or mental capacity; as, an intellectual person

  3. Intellectual(adj)

    suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments

  4. Intellectual(adj)

    relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy

  5. Intellectual(noun)

    the intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties

Freebase

  1. Intellectual

    An intellectual is a person who primarily uses intelligence in either a professional or an individual capacity. As a substantive or adjective, it refers to the work product of such persons, to the so-called "life of the mind" generally, or to an aspect of something where learning, erudition, and informed and critical thinking are the focus, as in "the intellectual level of the discourse on the matter was not high". The intellectual is a specific variety of the intelligent, which unlike the general property, is strictly associated with reason and thinking. Many everyday roles require the application of intelligence to skills that may have a psychomotor component, for example, in the fields of medicine, sport or the arts, but these do not necessarily involve the practitioner in the "world of ideas". The distinctive quality of the intellectual person is that the mental skills, which he or she demonstrates, are not simply intelligent, but even more, they focus on thinking about the abstract, philosophical and esoteric aspects of human inquiry and the value of their thinking. Traditionally, the scholarly and the intellectual classes were closely identified; however, while intellectuals need not necessarily be actively involved in scholarship, they often have an academic background and will typically have an association with a profession.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3726

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Nouns Frequency: #2738

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Adjectives Frequency: #500


Translations for intellectual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

intellectual(adjective)

of, or appealing to, the intellect

He does not play football; – his interests are mainly intellectual.

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