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[in-tel-i-juh nt] /ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals:
an intelligent student.
2.
displaying or characterized by quickness of understanding, sound thought, or good judgment:
an intelligent reply.
3.
having the faculty of reasoning and understanding; possessing intelligence:
intelligent beings in outer space.
4.
Computers. pertaining to the ability to do data processing locally; smart:
An intelligent terminal can edit input before transmission to a host computer.
Compare dumb (def 8).
5.
Archaic. having understanding or knowledge (usually followed by of).
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin intelligent- (stem of intelligēns, present participle of intelligere, variant of intellegere to understand, literally, choose between), equivalent to intel- (variant of inter- inter-) + -lig- (combining form of leg-, stem of legere to pick up, choose; cf. lection) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
intelligently, adverb
hyperintelligent, adjective
hyperintelligently, adverb
nonintelligent, adjective
nonintelligently, adverb
preintelligent, adjective
preintelligently, adverb
quasi-intelligent, adjective
quasi-intelligently, adverb
semi-intelligent, adjective
semi-intelligently, adverb
superintelligent, adjective
Can be confused
intelligent, intelligible, intellectual (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. bright. Intelligent, intellectual describe distinctive mental capacity. Intelligent often suggests a natural quickness of understanding: an intelligent reader. Intellectual implies not only having a high degree of understanding, but also a capacity and taste for the higher forms of knowledge: intellectual interests. 2. astute, clever, alert, bright, apt, discerning, shrewd, smart. See sharp.
Antonyms
1, 2. stupid.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasiintelligent

intelligent

/ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒənt/
adjective
1.
having or indicating intelligence
2.
having high intelligence; clever
3.
indicating high intelligence; perceptive an intelligent guess
4.
guided by reason; rational
5.
(of computerized functions) able to modify action in the light of ongoing events
6.
(archaic) (postpositive) foll by of. having knowledge or information they were intelligent of his whereabouts
Derived Forms
intelligently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quasiintelligent
intelligent
c.1500, a back formation from intelligence or else from L. intelligens, prp. of intelligere (see intelligence).
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