- Intellectual is defined as someone or something that is rational rather than emotional.
An example of intellectual is consulting a financial advisor about credit debt.
- The definition of an intellectual is a person more interested in logic rather than feelings.
An example of intellectual is a scientist.
- of or pertaining to the intellect
- appealing to the intellect
- requiring or involving the intellect
- inclined toward activities that involve the intellect
- guided by the intellect rather than by feelings
- having or showing a high degree of intellect; having superior reasoning powers
Origin of intellectualMiddle English ; from Late Latin intellectualis
- a person with intellectual interests or tastes
- a person engaged in intellectual work
- a member of the intelligentsia
- a. Of or relating to the intellect.b. Rational rather than emotional: an intellectual decision.
- Appealing to or engaging the intellect: an intellectual book; an intellectual problem.
- a. Having or showing intellect, especially to a high degree. See Synonyms at intelligent.b. Given to activities or pursuits that require exercise of the intellect.
Origin of intellectualMiddle English, from Old French intellectuel, from Late Latin intell&emacron;ctu&amacron;lis, from Latin intell&emacron;ctus, intellect; see intellect.
(comparative more intellectual, superlative most intellectual)
- Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental or cognitive; 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.
- (archaic, poetic) Spiritual.
From Old French intellectuel, from Latin intellectualis