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Definition of intellectual adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with or using a person's ability to think in a logical way and understand things intellectual curiosity an intellectual novel
  2. 2(of a person) well educated and enjoying activities in which you have to think seriously about things She's very intellectual.
  3. intellectualism
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  4. NAmE//ˌɪntəˈlɛktʃuəˌlɪzəm//
    noun [uncountable] (usually disapproving)
  5. intellectually
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    adverb intellectually challenging
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: intellectual