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[in-tl-ek-choo-uh l] /ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl/
appealing to or engaging the intellect:
intellectual pursuits.
of or pertaining to the intellect or its use:
intellectual powers.
possessing or showing intellect or mental capacity, especially to a high degree:
an intellectual person.
guided or developed by or relying on the intellect rather than upon emotions or feelings; rational.
characterized by or suggesting a predominance of intellect:
an intellectual way of speaking.
a person of superior intellect.
a person who places a high value on or pursues things of interest to the intellect or the more complex forms and fields of knowledge, as aesthetic or philosophical matters, especially on an abstract and general level.
an extremely rational person; a person who relies on intellect rather than on emotions or feelings.
a person professionally engaged in mental labor, as a writer or teacher.
intellectuals, Archaic.
  1. the mental faculties.
  2. things pertaining to the intellect.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin intellēctuālis, equivalent to intellēctu-, stem of intellēctus intellect + -ālis -al1
Related forms
intellectually, adverb
intellectualness, noun
half-intellectual, adjective
half-intellectually, adverb
hyperintellectual, adjective
hyperintellectually, adverb
hyperintellectualness, noun
nonintellectual, adjective, noun
nonintellectually, adverb
nonintellectualness, noun
overintellectual, adjective
overintellectually, adverb
overintellectualness, noun
preintellectual, adjective
preintellectually, adverb
quasi-intellectual, adjective
quasi-intellectually, adverb
semi-intellectual, adjective, noun
semi-intellectually, adverb
superintellectual, adjective, noun
superintellectually, adverb
unintellectual, adjective
unintellectually, adverb
Can be confused
intelligent, intelligible, intellectual (see synonym study at intelligent)
1, 2. mental. 3. See intelligent. Unabridged
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Examples for intellectually
  • Socially or intellectually, the college was for him negative and in some ways mischievous.
  • Many are also more intellectually gifted than you might think.
  • It is strangely schizophrenic: at once intellectually stimulating and emotionally static.
  • He reads the world intellectually, but emphasizes his physical responses to it.
  • Rather, it is a fun, interactive environment in which to experiment and solve intellectually interesting but wacky challenges.
  • They intellectually understand that intellectual property is important.
  • It is darkly funny, intellectually challenging and obliquely didactic.
  • Okay, we've eliminated people who are not intellectually adequate.
  • Even poets who eventually took up academic careers spent intellectually broadening apprenticeships in literary journalism.
  • That's an intellectually dishonest way of dealing with scholarship.
British Dictionary definitions for intellectually


of or relating to the intellect, as opposed to the emotions
appealing to or characteristic of people with a developed intellect intellectual literature
expressing or enjoying mental activity
a person who enjoys mental activity and has highly developed tastes in art, literature, etc
a person who uses or works with his intellect
a highly intelligent person
Derived Forms
intellectuality, intellectualness, noun
intellectually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intellectually
late 14c., from L. intellectualis, from intellectus "discernment, understanding," from pp. stem of intelligere "to understand, discern" (see intelligence). As a noun, attested from 1590s, "mind, intellect;" sense of "an intellectual person" is from 1650s. Intellectual property attested from 1845.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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intellectually in Culture

intellectual definition

A person who engages in academic study or critical evaluation of ideas and issues. (See intelligentsia.)

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