in·tel·lec·tual [intellectual intellectuals] adjective, noun BrE [ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl]
NAmE [ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl]
1. usually before noun connected with or using a person's ability to think in a logical way and understand things
Syn: mental
intellectual curiosity
an intellectual novel
2. (of a person) well educated and enjoying activities in which you have to think seriously about things
She's very intellectual.
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from Latin intellectualis, from intellectus ‘understanding’, from intellegere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.
intellectual adj.
1. usually before noun
His approach to art was intellectual rather than practical.
theoretical • • abstract • • academic • • psychological • • mental • • philosophical|formal conceptual
Opp: physical
an intellectual/a theoretical/an abstract/an academic/a psychological/sb's mental/a philosophical/a conceptual approach
intellectual/theoretical/abstract/academic/philosophical discussion/argument/debate
Not all college students are highly intellectual!
literary • • studious • • scholarly|formal learned|approving cultured|sometimes disapproving highbrow • • bookish
a/an intellectual/literary/studious young/scholarly/learned/cultured/bookish man/woman
(a/an) intellectual/literary/scholarly/learned/highbrow/cultured readers/readership
a/an intellectual/literary/scholarly/cultured elite
Example Bank:
Gifted children typically show great intellectual curiosity and a wide range of interests.
His works were popular among the intellectual elite of the time.
I don't think he has the intellectual skills necessary to study at this level.
It can be very difficult to measure intellectual ability.
She has a rigorously intellectual approach to the topic.
She's extremely bright, but not really intellectual.
Students should be able to develop both their creative and intellectual powers.
The play was obviously written for an intellectual audience.
Their political position is hard to justify in intellectual terms.
There wasn't much opportunity for intellectual discussion.
You can't really appreciate art from a purely intellectual standpoint.
Derived Words: intellectualism intellectually
a person who is well educated and enjoys activities in which they have to think seriously about things
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from Latin intellectualis, from intellectus ‘understanding’, from intellegere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.
Example Bank:
one of the leading intellectuals of his generation
Few people would regard him as an intellectual, though he speaks with great wisdom.
He was a leading intellectual of his day.
Left-wing intellectuals were purged from the universities.

WordNet Dictionary:
a person who uses the mind creatively
Syn: intellect
1. of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
- intellectual problems
- the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man
Syn: rational, noetic
2. appealing to or using the intellect
- satire is an intellectual weapon
- intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor
- has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people
- coldly intellectual
- sort of the intellectual type
- intellectual literature
Ant: nonintellectual
3. involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
- a cerebral approach to the problem
- cerebral drama
Syn: cerebral
Ant: emotional (for: cerebral)
- intellectually gifted children
- intellectually influenced

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
1.Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
Logic is to teach us the right use of our reason or intellectual powers.
2.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.
Who would lose,
Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity?
3.Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
4.Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
n.1.The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh,
Whose higher intellectual more I shun.
I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise.
2.A learned person or one of high intelligence;

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