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ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəntin·tel·li·gent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intelligentadjective

    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree

    "is there intelligent life in the universe?"; "an intelligent question"

  2. intelligent, well-informedadjective

    possessing sound knowledge

    "well-informed readers"

  3. healthy, intelligent, levelheaded, level-headed, soundadjective

    exercising or showing good judgment

    "healthy scepticism"; "a healthy fear of rattlesnakes"; "the healthy attitude of French laws"; "healthy relations between labor and management"; "an intelligent solution"; "a sound approach to the problem"; "sound advice"; "no sound explanation for his decision"

  4. intelligent, reasoning(a), thinking(a)adjective

    endowed with the capacity to reason

Wiktionary

  1. intelligentadjective

    of high or especially quick cognitive capacity, bright.

  2. intelligentadjective

    well thought-out, well considered

  3. intelligentadjective

    characterized by thoughtful interaction

    My girlfriend and I had an intelligent conversation.

  4. intelligentadjective

    Having the same level of brain power as mankind.

    The hunt for intelligent life.

  5. Etymology: From intelligens, present active participle of intellego, itself from inter + lego.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intelligentadjective

    Etymology: intelligent, Fr. intelligens, Latin.

    It is not only in order of nature for him to govern that is the more intelligent, as Aristotle would have it; but there is no less required for government, courage to protect, and above all honesty. Francis Bacon.

    Intelligent of seasons, they set forth
    Their airy caravan. John Milton.

    He of times,
    Intelligent, th' harsh hyperborean ice
    Shuns for our equal Winters; when our suns
    Cleave the chill'd soil, he backwards wings his way. Phillips.

    Trace out the numerous footsteps of the presence and interposition of a most wise and intelligent architect throughout all this stupendous fabrick. John Woodward.

    Servants, who seem no less,
    Which are to France the spies and speculations
    Intelligent of our state. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intelligentadjective

    endowed with the faculty of understanding or reason; as, man is an intelligent being

  2. Intelligentadjective

    possessed of intelligence, education, or judgment; knowing; sensible; skilled; marked by intelligence; as, an intelligent young man; an intelligent architect; an intelligent answer

  3. Intelligentadjective

    gognizant; aware; communicate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intelligent

    in-tel′-i-jent, adj. having intellect: endowed with the faculty of reason: well informed: bringing intelligence. (Shak.) communicative.—ns. Intell′igence, intellectual skill or knowledge: information communicated: news: a spiritual being; Intell′igencer, one going between parties: a spy.—adjs. Intelligen′tial, pertaining to the intelligence: consisting of spiritual being.—adv. Intell′igently.—adj. Intell′igible, that maybe understood: clear: (philos.) capable of being apprehended by the understanding only.—ns. Intell′igibleness, Intelligibil′ity.—adv. Intell′igibly. [L. intelligens, -entis, pr.p. of intelligĕre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. intelligent

    The capacity for thought and reason.

    They were so intelligent and together make a loving couple.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intelligent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4819

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intelligent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3946

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intelligent' in Adjectives Frequency: #629

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intelligent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intelligent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of intelligent in a Sentence

  1. Warren Buffett:

    It is just too big and too obvious ... that the benefits are huge and the world is dependent on it in a major way for its progress, that two intelligent countries (would) do something extremely foolish, we both may do things that are mildly foolish from time to time. There is some give and take.

  2. William A. Foster:

    Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.

  3. Johann Kepler:

    I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.

  4. Alben William Barkley:

    The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk.

  5. Anthony Burgess:

    Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly. A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although he may be permitted to be an intellectual.

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