What does intellectual mean?

Definitions for intellectual
ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əlin·tel·lec·tu·al

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intellectual, intellectadjective

    a person who uses the mind creatively

  2. intellectual, rational, noeticadjective

    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. intellectualadjective

    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, intellectualadjective

    involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

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

GCIDE

  1. Intellectualnoun

    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. intellectualnoun

    An intelligent person, someone interested in intellectual matters.

  2. intellectualnoun

    The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.

  3. intellectualadjective

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

  4. intellectualadjective

    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. intellectualadjective

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

  6. intellectualadjective

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intellectualadjective

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

  2. Intellectualadjective

    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. Intellectualadjective

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

  4. Intellectualadjective

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

  5. Intellectualnoun

    the intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties

  6. Etymology: [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.

    Submitted by JP03 on February 5, 2015  
  2. intellectual

    To use the mind and intelligence to create.

    The computer programmers are intellectual human beings.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

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

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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

Examples of intellectual in a Sentence

  1. Basil O'Connor:

    The world cannot continue to wage war like physical giants and to seek peace like intellectual pygmies.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The honeybee makes the honey, and the dirty fly makes the dirt. Which, whatever is that reflects itself. If the dirty fly goes anywhere, it makes the dirt while the honeybee makes the honey. In that context that the squeeze of our mental, intellectual, character, and morals comes to our eyes, is the evil people. It is the essence of our nation, and we shall have to taste that until we are not as the honeybee.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Religion deals with the heart (feelings/emotions) while science only focuses on the mind (increasing the intellectual)—However, we need something that can link the heart and the mind at the same time.

  4. Miles Kindera:

    'I think therefore I am' is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The sea does not require to be recognized, and neither it falls into the rivers, nor it hinders falling the rivers into it. Similarly, intellectual, genius the sea of wisdom figures do not need and look for the applauses and appreciations, but they are naturally and automatically honoured by those who feel and understand their wisdom and thoughts

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  • Zulkharnine Sultana
    Intellectuals means who act possitive way not for self purpose.to whole and sole activities, negative environment to get positive results which can be benefited by all.
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