- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for intelligent on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for intelligently
But even then there were signs that he and his team were—in their own intelligently goofy way—chasing down stories.‘Last Week Tonight’ Does Real Journalism, No Matter What John Oliver Says
September 29, 2014
Each health risk was presented honestly and intelligently with a confidential interval.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free
Charles C. Johnson
February 4, 2014
It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted, and spellbinding.Roger Ebert’s 10 Best Reviews and 10 Best Zingers
April 4, 2013
When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail, he was intelligently explaining his own interests.Waterloo
June 28, 2012
Harry Allen hoped Mayer would “keep speaking as intelligently as he clearly can against racism/white supremacy.”John Mayer's Terrible Week
February 12, 2010
The truth should be told: Wiseli was able and willing to work, and did so, well and intelligently.Rico and Wiseli
If you would work half as hard and half as intelligently as he does you would have half his luck.Herbert Hoover
I want to serve him, but to do this intelligently I must know him.'Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
Mrs. Gould was too intelligently sympathetic not to share that feeling.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
The other murmured something in a voice that did not intelligently reach the planting.Gilian The Dreamer
- 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 intelligently
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.