- having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals: an intelligent student.
- displaying or characterized by quickness of understanding, sound thought, or good judgment: an intelligent reply.
- having the faculty of reasoning and understanding; possessing intelligence: intelligent beings in outer space.
- 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).
- Archaic. having understanding or knowledge (usually followed by of).
Origin of intelligent
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Examples from the Web for intelligent
Governor Jindal seems like a good guy, intelligent, reasonable.
Vice President Jindal: “Here is a good, intelligent, and reasonable plan for legislative action.”
Genuinely funny and intelligent and navel-gazing and strange, these parts might eventually add up to something truly big.Lars Iyer’s ‘Wittgenstein Jr.’ Plumbs the Deep Fun of Philosophical Fiction
October 1, 2014
Beijing doesn't believe that the people of Hong Kong are intelligent enough to find their own way.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
Large numbers believe that Kate is intelligent (49%) and even larger numbers (65%) saw her as a potentially positive role model.Newsweek's Nonsense "Who'd Be Kate" Survey
September 26, 2014
It is composed of a brave, a free, a virtuous, and an intelligent people.
He was handsome and possessed a most intelligent and expressive countenance.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Now it was another and older man, daring, intelligent, unscrupulous.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He once had been friendly with all his intelligent neighbors, no matter what their nationality.
To get justice, or even an intelligent hearing, from these people, was hopeless.
- having or indicating intelligence
- having high intelligence; clever
- indicating high intelligence; perceptivean intelligent guess
- guided by reason; rational
- (of computerized functions) able to modify action in the light of ongoing events
- (postpositive foll by of) archaic having knowledge or informationthey were intelligent of his whereabouts
Word Origin and History for intelligent
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.