Intelligence meaning

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An intelligent spirit or being.
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The definition of intelligence is the ability to retain knowledge, use reasoning to solve problems or have above average brain power.

An example of intelligence is someone obtaining their Ph.D.

An example of intelligence is someone knowing that Dover is the capital of Delaware.

An example of intelligence is Albert Einstein.

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(1) From the computer perspective, intelligence is having processing capability. In this context, every electronic device with a microprocessor is "intelligent." See smart and AI.
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According to Jeffery T. Richelson in his tome The U.S. Intelligence Community, “intelligence” is the product of an information search and analysis about some foreign nation or about that nation’s operation areas of particular interest. In the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) collects overseas intelligence, whereas the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects domestic intelligence. Today, the collection of intelligence includes employing hacking skills to access information stored in computer systems around the world. Legally, the CIA cannot collect intelligence against a U.S. citizen unless the investigation began overseas. For these kinds of cases, the CIA communicates with and shares intelligence with the FBI. Milnet.com. MILNET: Intelligence Defined. [Online, November 4, 1997.] Milnet.com Website. http://www.milnet.com/definei.htm.
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(countable) A political or military department, agency or unit designed to gather information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities.
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News or information.
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(uncountable) Capacity of mind, especially to understand principles, truths, facts or meanings, acquire knowledge, and apply it to practice; the ability to learn and comprehend.
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(countable) An entity that has such capacities.
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(uncountable) Information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities.
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The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge.

A person of extraordinary intelligence.

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An intelligent, incorporeal being, especially an angel.
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Origin of intelligence

  • From Old French intelligence, from Latin intelligentia.

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