intellectual

[ in-tl-ek-choo-uhl ]
/ ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əl /

adjective

noun

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Origin of intellectual

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin intellēctuālis, equivalent to intellēctu-, stem of intellēctus intellect + -ālis -al1

synonym study for intellectual

3. See intelligent.

OTHER WORDS FROM intellectual

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intellectual

intelligent, intellectual (see synonym study at intelligent)
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British Dictionary definitions for intellectual

intellectual
/ (ˌɪntɪˈlɛktʃʊəl) /

adjective

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

noun

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 of intellectual

intellectuality or intellectualness, nounintellectually, adverb
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Cultural definitions for intellectual

intellectual

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

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