- 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(of a person) well educated and enjoying activities in which you have to think seriously about things She's very intellectual.
- NAmE//ˌɪntəˈlɛktʃuəˌlɪzəm//noun [uncountable] (usually disapproving)
- adverb intellectually challenging
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