- appealing to or engaging the intellect: intellectual pursuits.
- of or relating 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.
- the mental faculties.
- things pertaining to the intellect.
Origin of intellectual
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Examples from the Web for intellectually
Or, if your show is about ideas, then I think it has to be intellectually stimulating first.Wanted: Less Terrible Political Coverage on TV
November 19, 2014
The second was Marach Agha, 22; according to the Army, Agha may have been deaf or intellectually disabled.‘Kill Team’: The Documentary the Army Doesn’t Want You to See
July 26, 2014
When we did the studio visit I was just really blown away by her personally, intellectually and the work itself.200 Years of Americana in Detroit
July 1, 2014
He was always affable but ultimately unknowable; intellectually incurious but ferociously ambitious.The Messy, Sordid Story of Jim Greer, Charlie Crist’s Man to a Fault
June 29, 2014
In many states, the mentally ill or intellectually disabled could be sterilized.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
Intellectually I may make mistakes in deduction, but spiritually I cannot but find God.The Conquest of Fear
Now, God and his father's fate made him intellectually inferior to the Oriental.American Notes
Germany is wholly alive, physically, intellectually and psychically.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
The ground of every revolution had to be intellectually prepared.Notes on Life and Letters
Himself a worshipper of intellect, it was intellectually that he mastered and developed them.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
- of or relating to the intellect, as opposed to the emotions
- appealing to or characteristic of people with a developed intellectintellectual 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
Word Origin and History for intellectually
late 14c., "grasped by the understanding" (rather than by the senses), from Old French intellectuel and directly from Latin intellectualis "relating to the understanding," from intellectus "discernment, understanding," from past participle stem of intelligere "to understand, discern" (see intelligence). Intellectual property attested from 1845. Other adjective formations included intellective (late 15c.), intellectile (1670s).
1590s, "mind, intellect," from intellectual (adj.); sense of "an intellectual person" is from 1650s. Related: Intellectuals.
A person who engages in academic study or critical evaluation of ideas and issues. (See intelligentsia.)