intellectual Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a person who uses the mind creatively
adjective satellite of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
- intellectual problems
- the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man
adjective 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
adjective involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
- a cerebral approach to the problem
- cerebral drama
: cf. F. intellectuel
- Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.
Logic is to teach us the right use of our reason or intellectual powers.
- Endowed with intellect; having the power of understanding; having capacity for the higher forms of knowledge or thought; characterized by intelligence or mental capacity; as, an intellectual person.
Who would lose,
Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity?
- Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.
- Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
- The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.
Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh,
Whose higher intellectual more I shun.
I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise.
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