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intellectual

Line breaks: in¦tel|lec¦tual
Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈlɛktʃʊəl
 
, -tjʊəl/

Definition of intellectual in English:

adjective

1Relating to the intellect: children need intellectual stimulation
More example sentences
  • This global health focus offered academics intellectual stimulation and prestige.
  • Children affected with cerebral palsy generally have basic intellectual ability.
  • We have got to probe her intellectual ability to deal with these issues.
Synonyms
rational, psychological, abstract, conceptual, theoretical, analytical, logical;
academic
rare mindly, phrenic, ratiocinative
1.1Appealing to or requiring use of the intellect: the film wasn’t very intellectual, but it caught the mood of the times
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  • Finally, a fabulous essay that requires more intellectual energy to understand than I have today.
  • All of those things require a degree of intellectual effort.
  • This requires hard work, intellectual effort, and the maturity to live with differing points of view.
1.2Possessing a highly developed intellect: you are an intellectual girl, like your mother
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  • If Turkey really wants to be European, an intellectual elite that can make itself heard will have to develop.
Synonyms

noun

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A person possessing a highly developed intellect: a prominent political thinker and intellectual
More example sentences
  • Yet there is an important distinction between government by the intelligent and by intellectuals.
  • Are intellectuals and scholars always expected to find faults of their own people?
  • This offered a platform for a large number of intellectuals and thinkers urging enlightened progress.
Synonyms
intelligent person, learned person, highbrow, academic, bookworm, bookish person, man of letters, woman of letters, bluestocking, thinker, brain, scholar, sage;
genius, Einstein, polymath, expert, prodigy, gifted child;
mastermind;
Hindu pandit
British informal brainbox, clever clogs, boffin
North American informal brainiac, rocket scientist, maven, Brahmin, pointy-head
archaic bookman

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin intellectualis, from intellectus 'understanding', from intellegere 'understand' (see intelligent).

Derivatives

intellectuality

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈalɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • The pair of them make a delightfully balanced couple, his gentle intellectuality counterpoised by her firm practicality.
  • It's about time they added some intellectuality to this show.
  • He is the man proud of the intellectuality of the woman he is with.

intellectually

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • People say that women are unable to do some things, or they differentiate between men and women intellectually.
  • We can appreciate it intellectually, it looks great together, but it leaves us a little cold.
  • We want music that challenges and engages us emotionally, intellectually, and physically.

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