Definitions of intellectual

  1. involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct; " a cerebral approach to the problem"; " cerebral drama"
  2. a person who uses the mind creatively
  3. appealing to or using the intellect; " satire is an intellectual weapon"; " intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor"; " has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people"; " coldly intellectual"; " sort of the intellectual type"; " intellectual literature"
  4. of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind; " intellectual problems"; " the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
  5. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
  6. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
  7. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
  8. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called mental philosophy.
  9. Pertaining to, or understood by, the mind; mental; endowed or gifted with the power of understanding; exercising the mind.
  10. Intellectually.
  11. Of or relating to the intellect or mind: perceived or performed by the intellect: having the power of understanding.
  12. Pertaining to, or gifted with, intellect.
  13. Pertaining to or marked by intellect; mental; highly intelligent. Intellective.
  14. Intellectuality.
  15. Possessing intellect; relating to the intellect; performed by the intellect; appreciated by the intellect; existing in the intellect; ideal.

Usage examples for intellectual

  1. And, at all events, this girl was a lady, high- born, high- bred, intellectual, and unique. – What Dreams May Come by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  2. His lofty brow, Wolf said, he had inherited from his father, and his mind was certainly bright; but what could be predicted with any certainty concerning the intellectual powers of a boy scarcely seven years old? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. But what is the relation of our general intellectual life to popular education? – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  4. I speak now of his moral and intellectual condition rather than of his social position among men. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  5. Taking all circumstances into consideration, I should be disposed to agree with him; but how am I to communicate this truth to a person who has scarcely ever felt intellectual pleasure? – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  6. But intellectual development is not my main business or interest, and I mean to say little more concerning Cosmo's than that, after about six weeks' work, the boy one day begged Mr. Simon to let him look at those papers again, and found to his delight that he understood all but three or four of them. – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  7. Nor was the age without its intellectual distinction. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  8. An intellectual person she certainly was not. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  9. Of course, there is an intellectual discipline which is also needed. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  10. Perhaps it comes as a shock to the reader who has always insisted upon a clear intellectual understanding and a rigid reasoning upon all things, to find within what narrow limits, after all, the intellect itself has to work- it can do little more than make more or less certain generalisations concerning the world of experience, and then to argue from these, or from definitions that it itself has framed. – Rudolph Eucken by Abel J. Jones
  11. When he needs some intellectual development he makes it. – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
  12. He was not only an intellectual giant, but he was a man of commanding presence and attractive personality. – The Facts of Reconstruction by John R. Lynch
  13. In a degree, but not so decidedly as the intellectual brute. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  14. In fact, political education set up a new intellectual standard. – The School and the World by Victor Gollancz and David Somervell
  15. " But," objected Henry de Bracieux, " many of them- and some quite young, too- are very intellectual; I know some." – Bijou by Gyp
  16. It was only when he discovered that she had lost her head over his romantic looks, and not over his genius and his inherited right to leadership, that he began to question her intellectual sincerity. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  17. What a confusion of ideas, what disorder of sentiments, what revolution in heart, in brain, in every part of his moral and intellectual being!" – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  18. At other times it is an individual who stands out in broad spiritual and intellectual contrast with another of the same people and the same age. – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker