What does intellectual mean?

Definitions for intellectualˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word intellectual.

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"

GCIDE

  1. Intellectual(n.)

    A learned person or one of high intelligence; especially, one who places greatest value on activities requiring exercise of the intelligence, such as study, complex forms of knowledge, literature and aesthetic matters, reflection and philosophical speculation; a member of the intelligentsia; as, intellectuals are often apalled at the inanities that pass for entertainment on television.

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

  6. Origin: [L. intellectualis: cf. F. intellectuel.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. intellectual

    A person who is smart and enjoys serious study and thought.

    That person is a real intellectual.

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intellectual in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intellectual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chinua Achebe:

    To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues it means taking pleasure in them.

  2. Jacob Bronowski:

    To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.

  3. Koby Simana:

    We see more companies turning into businesses rather than selling their IP (intellectual property), it's a good sign and good news for Israel.

  4. Rick Perry:

    Whoever the Republican nominee is, whether it's me or someone else, I hope we will have a legitimate intellectual conversation with the American people about federalism and how to make Washington inconsequential in people's lives.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    To get your foreign policy advice from the shows is probably not the best way to be ready to be president, if you have intellectual curiosity as a leader, you can grow into the job. I'm not sure Mr. Trump has much intellectual curiosity.

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