intellectual


intellectual
/ɪntəˈlɛktʃuəl / (say intuh'lekchoohuhl)

adjective
1. appealing to or engaging the intellect: intellectual pursuits.
2. of or relating to the intellect: intellectual powers.
3. directed or inclined towards things that involve the intellect: intellectual tastes.
4. possessing or showing intellect or mental capacity, especially to a high degree: an intellectual writer.
5. characterised by or suggesting a predominance of intellect: an intellectual face.
noun
6. an intellectual being or person.
7. a member of a class or group professing, or supposed to possess, enlightened judgement and opinions with respect to public or political questions: *this general distrust of the intellectual appears to be a phenomenon in English-speaking societies in particular –robert dessaix, 1998.
{Middle English, from Latin intellectuālis}
intellectually, adverb
intellectualness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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