Intellectual meaning

ĭntl-ĕkcho͝o-əl
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An intellectual person.
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Of or pertaining to the intellect.
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A person engaged in intellectual work.
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Having or showing a high degree of intellect; having superior reasoning powers.
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A person with intellectual interests or tastes.
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Guided by the intellect rather than by feelings.
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Appealing to the intellect.
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A member of the intelligentsia.
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Appealing to or engaging the intellect.

An intellectual book; an intellectual problem.

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Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
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Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
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(archaic, poetic) Spiritual.
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An intelligent, learned person, especially one who discourses about learned matters.
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(archaic) The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
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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.

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The definition of an intellectual is a person more interested in logic rather than feelings.

An example of intellectual is a scientist.

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Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental or cognitive; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
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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.
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Origin of intellectual

  • Middle English from Old French intellectuel from Late Latin intellēctuālis from Latin intellēctus intellect intellect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French intellectuel, from Latin intellectualis

    From Wiktionary