intelligence

[ in-tel-i-juhns ]
/ ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns /

noun

Origin of intelligence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word intelligentia. See intelligent, -ence

SYNONYMS FOR intelligence

1 See mind.
2 discernment, reason, acumen, aptitude, penetration.

Related forms

hy·per·in·tel·li·gence, nounnon·in·tel·li·gence, nounpre·in·tel·li·gence, nounsu·per·in·tel·li·gence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intelligence

intelligence

/ (ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns) /

noun

Derived Forms

intelligential, adjective

Word Origin for intelligence

C14: from Latin intellegentia, from intellegere to discern, comprehend, literally: choose between, from inter- + legere to choose
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Medicine definitions for intelligence

intelligence

[ ĭn-tĕlə-jəns ]

n.

The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, especially toward a purposeful goal.
An individual's relative standing on two quantitative indices, namely measured intelligence, as expressed by an intelligence quotient, and effectiveness of adaptive behavior.
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