Intelligent Definition

Having or using intelligence; rational.
Webster's New World
Having a high degree of intelligence; mentally acute.
An intelligent student.
American Heritage
Having or showing an alert mind or high intelligence; bright, perceptive, informed, clever, wise, etc.
Webster's New World
Showing sound judgment and rationality.
An intelligent decision; an intelligent solution to the problem.
American Heritage
Capable of some independent functioning because equipped with a microprocessor or computer.
An intelligent missile.
Webster's New World

Origin of Intelligent

  • From Middle French intelligent, from Latin intellegēns (“discerning”), present active participle of intellegō (“understand, comprehend”), itself from inter (“between”) + legō (“choose, pick out, read”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin intelligēns intelligent- present participle of intellegere, intelligere to perceive inter- inter- legere to choose leg- in Indo-European roots

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

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