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adjective intellectual pronunciation in American English /ˌɪnt(ə)lˈektʃuəl/
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  1. 1
    relating to the ability to think in an intelligent way and to understand things, especially difficult or complicated ideas and subjects
    the emotional and intellectual development of young children
    Students were asked which task represented the greatest intellectual challenge.
    intellectual ability/capacity: He had the intellectual capacity of a three-year-old.
    1. a.
      relating to the ideas and ways of thinking that are developed by intelligent people in a society
      people’s cultural and intellectual lives
      the intellectual climate (=attitudes) of the time
  2. 2
    well educated and interested in art, science, literature, etc. at an advanced level
    Though not intellectual, my mother was a highly intelligent woman.

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