intelligent[in tel′ə jənt]
- The definition of intelligent is someone or something that is bright, informed or shows sound judgment.
- An example of intelligent is Albert Einstein.
- An example of intelligent is a rationale decision.
- having or using intelligence; rational
- having or showing an alert mind or high intelligence; bright, perceptive, informed, clever, wise, etc.
- designating or of a terminal capable of performing certain functions with the data, independently of the computer
- equipped with a microprocessor or computer: an intelligent missile
- Archaic aware (of something)
Origin of intelligentClassical Latin intelligens, present participle of intelligere: see intellect
- Having intelligence: Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy?
- Having a high degree of intelligence; mentally acute: an intelligent student.
- Showing sound judgment and rationality: an intelligent decision; an intelligent solution to the problem.
- Appealing to the intellect; intellectual: a film with witty and intelligent dialogue.
Origin of intelligentLatin intelligēns, intelligent-, present participle of intellegere, intelligere, to perceive : inter-, inter- + legere, to choose; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative intelligenter or more intelligent, superlative intelligentest or most intelligent)
- Of high or especially quick cognitive capacity, bright.
- Well thought-out, well considered.
- The engineer had a very intelligent design proposal for the new car.
- The general devised an intelligent strategy for the southern campaign.
- Characterized by thoughtful interaction.
- My girlfriend and I had an intelligent conversation.
- Having the same level of brain power as mankind.
- The hunt for intelligent life.
- Having an environment-sensing automatically-invoked built-in computer capability
- An intelligent network or keyboard.