Definition of intellectual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl//
    Describing work
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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 synonym mental intellectual curiosity an intellectual novel See related entries: Describing work
  2. 2(of a person) well educated and enjoying activities in which you have to think seriously about things She's very intellectual.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin intellectualis, from intellectus ‘understanding’, from intellegere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.Extra examples Gifted children typically show great intellectual curiosity and a wide range of interests. His works were popular among the intellectual elite of the time. I don’t think he has the intellectual skills necessary to study at this level. It can be very difficult to measure intellectual ability. She has a rigorously intellectual approach to the topic. She’s extremely bright, but not really intellectual. Students should be able to develop both their creative and intellectual powers. The play was obviously written for an intellectual audience. Their political position is hard to justify in intellectual terms. There wasn’t much opportunity for intellectual discussion. You can’t really appreciate art from a purely intellectual standpoint.
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