Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the intellect.
  • adj. Rational rather than emotional.
  • adj. Appealing to or engaging the intellect: an intellectual book; an intellectual problem.
  • adj. Having or showing intellect, especially to a high degree. See Synonyms at intelligent.
  • adj. Given to activities or pursuits that require exercise of the intellect.
  • n. An intellectual person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
  • 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.
  • adj. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
  • adj. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
  • n. An intelligent, learned person, especially one who discourses about learned matters.
  • n. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental
  • 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.
  • adj. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect.
  • adj. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind.
  • n. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
  • n. A learned person or one of high intelligence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of intellect or understanding; belonging to the mind; performed by the understanding; appealing to or engaging the intellect or the higher capacities of man; mental: as, intellectual powers or operations; intellectual amusements.
  • Perceived by the intellect; existing in the understanding; ideal.
  • Having intellect, or the power of understanding; characterized by intellect, or the capacity for the higher forms of knowledge: as, an intellectual being.
  • n. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties: commonly in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who uses the mind creatively
  • adj. appealing to or using the intellect
  • adj. of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
  • adj. involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French intellectuel, from Late Latin intellēctuālis, from Latin intellēctus, intellect; see intellect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • With regard to the intellectual and ethical condition of the soul and its destiny, the speculative thinkers of other nations, arguing from reason alone and having no divine revelation to guide or confirm their speculations, are agreed that the only way in which the soul, which belongs to a higher world, can be freed from this world of body and change is through _intellectual excellence_ and _right conduct_.

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  • It is true that a good deal is found in the dream content which might be understood as the result of another and more intellectual performance; but analysis shows conclusively every time that these _intellectual operations were already present in the dream thoughts, and have only been taken over by the dream content_.

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  • However, most who work in the field-including psychologists, activists, and bureaucrats-prefer the term intellectual disability.

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  • If it happens frequently enough, the search engine may start suggesting patent attorney as a suggested search to searchers along with a display of search results for the term intellectual property.

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