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.)
appealing to or engaging the intellect:
of, pertaining to, or requiring the intellect or its use.
placing a high value on or pursuing things of interest to the intellect, esp. the higher or more abstract forms of knowledge.
developed by or relying on the intellect rather than emotions or feelings; rational.
possessing or showing mental capacity to a high degree; of superior intellect.
(n.)a person who values or pursues intellectual interests.
a person professionally engaged in mental labor.
a person of superior intellect.
Origin of intellectual:
1350–1400; ME < L intellēctuālis, der. of intellēctusintellect
a person who uses the mind creatively
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"
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"
involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
"a cerebral approach to the problem"; "cerebral drama"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
intellectual(adjective)ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl
***relating to sb's intellect; = mental
***a student's intellectual abilities
intellectualˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl
(of a person) intelligent and interested in learning
his intellectual friends
intellectual(noun)ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl
an intellectual person
An intelligent person, someone interested in intellectual matters.
The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
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.
Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc
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
suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments
relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy
the intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Adjectives Frequency: #500
Translations for intellectual
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
of, or appealing to, the intellect
He does not play football; – his interests are mainly intellectual.
- عَقْلي، ذِهْنيArabic
- intelectualPortuguese (BR)
- πνευματικός, διανοητικόςGreek
- बुद्धिगत, प्रज्ञावानHindi
- vitsmunalegur, andlegurIcelandic
- intelektualinis, protinisLithuanian
- intelektuāls; prāta-Latvian
- åndelig, intellektuellNorwegian
- پوه، هوښيار، عاقل، ځيرك، روښان فكرPashto
- akla dayanan, zihinselTurkish
- 智力的Chinese (Trad.)
- інтелектуальний, розумовийUkrainian
- thuộc trí tuệVietnamese
- 智力的Chinese (Simp.)
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