Definitions for intellectual
ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əlin·tel·lec·tu·al
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a person who uses the mind creatively
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"
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"
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.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: intellectuel, French; intellectualis, low Latin.
Religion teaches us to present to God our bodies as well as our souls: if the body serves the soul in actions natural and civil, and intellectual, it must not be eased in the only offices of religion. Taylor.
Logick is to teach us the right use of our reason, or intellectual powers. Isaac Watts.
In a dark vision's intellectual scene,
Beneath a bow'r for sorrow made,
The melancholy Cowley lay. Abraham Cowley.
A train of phantoms in wild order rose,
And, join'd, this intellectual scene compose. Alexander Pope.
Anaxagoras and Plato term the maker of the world an intellectual worker. Richard Hooker.
Who would lose,
Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity,
To perish rather, swallow'd up and lost,
In the wide womb of uncreated night,
Devoid of sense and motion? John Milton, Parad. Lost.
Intellect; understanding; mental powers or faculties. This is little in use.
Her husband not nigh,
Whose higher intellectual more I shun. John Milton.
The fancies of most, like the index of a clock, are moved but by the inward springs of the corporeal machine; which, even on the most sublimed intellectual, is dangerously influential. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.
I have not consulted the repute of my intellectuals in bringing their weaknesses into such discerning presences. Joseph Glanvill.
An intellectual is a person who engages in critical thinking, research, and reflection about the reality of society, and who proposes solutions for the normative problems of society. Coming from the world of culture, either as a creator or as a mediator, the intellectual participates in politics, either to defend a concrete proposition or to denounce an injustice, usually by either rejecting or producing or extending an ideology, and by defending a system of values.
An intellectual is a person who engages in critical thinking, research, and reflection about the reality of society, and proposes solutions for the problems within society. These individuals typically have a high level of education or knowledge and use their reasoning and analytical abilities to understand complex ideas and subjects. This term can also refer to the cognitive ability or activities involving the intellect.
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
Etymology: [L. intellectualis: cf. F. intellectuel.]
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.
A person who is smart and enjoys serious study and thought.
That person is a real intellectual.
Submitted by JP03 on February 5, 2015
a person who uses the mind creatively
Submitted by undiphilekeith65 on November 13, 2022
To use the mind and intelligence to create.
The computer programmers are intellectual human beings.
Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3726
Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Nouns Frequency: #2738
Rank popularity for the word 'intellectual' in Adjectives Frequency: #500
The numerical value of intellectual in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of intellectual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
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.
In well educated peoples, there two types of peoples, one who have knowledge about everything these are known as intellectual. And other is who got good but not have good knowledge these type of people known as intelligent. So be Intellectual Not Intelligent
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.
They shared their intellectual property with us, we shared our intellectual property with them, agreements that will gather billions of dollars were just put on hold just to make sure that we are all focusing on making the vaccine happen.
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- intel·lectualCatalan, Valencian
- Intellektueller, intellektuell, IntellektuelleGerman
- فکری, روشنفکریPersian
- intellectuelle, intellectuelFrench
- intelectuală, intelectualRomanian
- интеллигент, интеллектуал, умственный, интеллектуальныйRussian
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