Definition of Intellectual

1. Noun. A person who uses the mind creatively.

2. Adjective. Of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind. "The triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
Exact synonyms: Noetic, Rational
Similar to: Mental
Derivative terms: Noesis, Rationality

3. Adjective. Appealing to or using the intellect. "Intellectual literature"

4. Adjective. Involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct. "Cerebral drama"
Exact synonyms: Cerebral
Antonyms: Emotional
Derivative terms: Intellect

Definition of Intellectual

1. a. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.

2. n. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.

Definition of Intellectual

1. Adjective. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc. ¹

2. Adjective. 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. ¹

3. Adjective. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments. ¹

4. Adjective. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy. ¹

5. Noun. An intelligent person, someone interested in intellectual matters. ¹

6. Noun. (archaic) The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties. ¹

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Definition of Intellectual

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Intellectual

integumentary pattern
integumentary patterns
integumentary system
integumentum commune
intellectual (current term)
intellectual aura
intellectual capital
intellectual disabilities
intellectual disability
intellectual nourishment
intellectual property

Literary usage of Intellectual

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Literary History of the American Revolution, 1763-1783 by Moses Coit Tyler (1897)
"I.—Three stages of intellectual development during the Revolution, with respect to the issues therein involved. II.—The entire period characterized with ..."

2. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Thomas William Lancaster (1884)
"I. Which introduces the consideration of intellectual Virtue in general ; and of the several distinct intellectual Virtues in particular. 181 CHAP. II. ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1908)
"In the intellectual Syste?n, a monument of massive learning and strenuous ... To this he opposed the philosophical dualism of his intellectual System. ..."

4. Epistemology; Or, The Theory of Knowledge: An Introduction to General by Peter Coffey (1917)
"The psychological distinction between intellectual consciousness, whereby we are aware of our intellectual activities such as thought and volition,—and ..."

5. Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by John Dewey (1916)
"Hence the practical life was in a condition of perpetual flux, while intellectual knowledge concerned eternal truth. This sharp antithesis is connected with ..."

6. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Disturbances of the intellectual Functions The old psychology subdivided the mental functions into (1) those of the intellect, (2) those of the emotions, ..."

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