- 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: Middle English from Late Latin intellectualis
- a person with intellectual interests or tastes
- a person engaged in intellectual work
- a member of the intelligentsia
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- a. Of or relating to the intellect.b. Rational rather than emotional.
- 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: Middle English, from Old French intellectuel, from Late Latin intellēctuālis, from Latin intellēctus, intellect; see intellect.
- inˌtel·lecˌtu·alˈi·ty noun
- inˌtel·lecˈtu·al·ly adverb
- inˌtel·lecˈtu·al·ness noun
intellectual - Cultural Definition
A person who engages in academic study or critical evaluation of ideas and issues. (See intelligentsia.)