intellectual


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Intellectual \In`tel*lec"tu*al\ (?; 135), a. [L. intellectualis:
   cf. F. intellectuel.]
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   1. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as,
      intellectual powers, activities, etc.
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            Logic is to teach us the right use of our reason or
            intellectual powers.                  --I. Watts.
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   2. 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.
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            Who would lose,
            Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
            Those thoughts that wander through eternity?
                                                  --Milton.
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   3. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and
      existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the
      intellect; as, intellectual employments.
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   4. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as,
      intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental"
      philosophy.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Intellectual \In`tel*lec"tu*al\, n.
   1. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or
      faculties.
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            Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh,
            Whose higher intellectual more I shun. --Milton.
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            I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise.
                                                  --De Quincey.
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   2. A learned person or one of high intelligence; especially,
      one who places greatest value on activities requiring
      exercise of the intelligence, such as study, complex forms
      of knowledge, literature and aesthetic matters, reflection
      and philosophical speculation; a member of the
      intelligentsia; as, intellectuals are often apalled at the
      inanities that pass for entertainment on television.
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