intellectual - definition and synonyms


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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 highly intelligent.

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