3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Intellectual \In'tel*lec"tu*al\ (?; 135), adjective [L. intellectualis: cf. F. intellectuel.]

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. --I. Watts.

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? --Milton.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Intellectual \In'tel*lec"tu*al\, noun

1. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.

Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh, Whose higher intellectual more I shun. --Milton.

I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise. --De Quincey.

2. A learned person or one of high intelligence; especially, one who places greatest value on activities requiring exercise of the intelligence, such as study, complex forms of knowledge, literature and aesthetic matters, reflection and philosophical speculation; a member of the intelligentsia; as, intellectuals are often apalled at the inanities that pass for entertainment on television. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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: {intellectual}, {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}, {intellectual}] [ant: {emotional}]


1: a person who uses the mind creatively [syn: {intellectual}, {intellect}]

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