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intelligent

[in-tel-i-juh nt]
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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).
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Origin of intelligent

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 formsin·tel·li·gent·ly, adverbhy·per·in·tel·li·gent, adjectivehy·per·in·tel·li·gent·ly, adverbnon·in·tel·li·gent, adjectivenon·in·tel·li·gent·ly, adverbpre·in·tel·li·gent, adjectivepre·in·tel·li·gent·ly, adverbqua·si-in·tel·li·gent, adjectivequa·si-in·tel·li·gent·ly, adverbsem·i-in·tel·li·gent, adjectivesem·i-in·tel·li·gent·ly, adverbsu·per·in·tel·li·gent, adjective
Can be confusedintelligent intelligible intellectual (see synonym study at the current entry)

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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 hyper-intelligent

intelligent

adjective
  1. having or indicating intelligence
  2. having high intelligence; clever
  3. indicating high intelligence; perceptivean intelligent guess
  4. guided by reason; rational
  5. (of computerized functions) able to modify action in the light of ongoing events
  6. (postpositive foll by of) archaic having knowledge or informationthey were intelligent of his whereabouts
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Derived Formsintelligently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for hyper-intelligent

intelligent

adj.

c.1500, a back-formation from intelligence or else from Latin intelligentem (nominative intelligens), present participle of intelligere, earlier intellegere (see intelligence). Intelligent design, as a name for an alternative to atheistic cosmology and the theory of evolution, is from 1999. Related: Intelligently.

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