Adjective "intellectual" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to the intellect.
  1. 'So farmers are aware that the animals that they are keeping have a significant intellectual ability.'
  2. 'A rare breed in comedy - intellectual rigour and the ability to crack hilarious jokes.'
  3. 'In some cases the mother may also be limited in terms of intellectual ability and emotional capacity.'
  4. 'Such was his intellectual ability that he was able to skip lectures to go climbing yet still graduate with flying colours.'
  5. 'She was a lady of generosity, love and friendship and of great intellectual ability and laity.'
  6. 'Looking back I think it's obvious they felt threatened and felt a need to denigrate my intellectual ability.'
  7. 'It is great having the planning time and the intellectual stimulation of adults and colleagues.'
  8. 'Any more, and the stimulation of intellectual life will magnify the bonds of social life.'
  9. 'There is no question that she has the intellectual ability to succeed in whatever program she chooses.'
  10. 'Your intellectual ability is tempered with sympathetic feelings.'
  11. 'the film wasn't very intellectual, but it caught the mood of the times'
  12. 'These pursuits require mental acuteness, intellectual agility and detailed analysis.'
  13. 'Once again, however, despite its intellectual appeal, this scenario still has a number of problems.'
  14. 'I can see the intellectual appeal of it as an exploration of endurance, but three things get in the way of full appreciation.'
  15. 'In its ambition, its intellectual vigour and its knowledge, it more than justifies its place on any bookshelf.'
  16. 'The level of knowledge, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity was truly inspiring.'
  17. 'This requires hard work, intellectual effort, and the maturity to live with differing points of view.'
  18. 'To flourish, to make a success of life, requires engagement in intellectual pursuits.'
  19. 'To say more would require something of an intellectual or stylistic mandate which Lanchester conspicuously does not have.'
  20. 'you are an intellectual girl, like your mother'


A person possessing a highly developed intellect.
  1. 'It's largely down to him that even quite foolish Frenchmen harbour the belief that they are intellectuals.'
  2. 'Are intellectuals and scholars always expected to find faults of their own people?'
  3. 'I don't think by any means it's something to be done by star intellectuals or people from the top.'
  4. 'For the most part, the intellectuals were projecting their own sordid chauvinism on to the working class.'
  5. 'They get the latest books, we get to understand the latest thinking of these intellectuals.'
  6. 'This offered a platform for a large number of intellectuals and thinkers urging enlightened progress.'
  7. 'It has to do with the intelligence of our opponents, the warmongering intellectuals.'
  8. 'At the same time, a growing professionalism reduced the role of intellectuals as public sages.'
  9. 'The intellectuals could not prevent the masses from learning to read.'
  10. 'Yet still our poverty activists and intellectuals insist that poverty is getting worse.'


1. appealing to or engaging the intellect: intellectual pursuits.

2. of or relating to the intellect or its use: intellectual powers.

3. possessing or showing intellect or mental capacity, especially to a high degree: an intellectual person.

4. guided or developed by or relying on the intellect rather than upon emotions or feelings; rational.

5. characterized by or suggesting a predominance of intellect: an intellectual way of speaking. noun

6. a person of superior int

More examples(as adjective)

"rights can be intellectual."

"properties can be intellectual."

"lives can be intellectual."

"developments can be intellectual."

"abilities can be intellectual."

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Late Middle English: from Latin intellectualis, from intellectus ‘understanding’, from intellegere ‘understand’ (see intelligent).