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Synonyms for intellectual
ˌɪn tlˈɛk tʃu əlin·tel·lec·tu·al

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  1. intellectualnoun


  2. intellectualnoun

    Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.


  3. intellectualadjective

    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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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. intellectual

    Clever, as used in England, especially implies an aptitude for study or learning, and for excellent tho not preeminent mental achievement. The early New England usage as implying simple and weak good nature has largely affected the use of the word throughout the United States, where it has never been much in favor. Smart, indicating dashing ability, is now coming to have a suggestion of unscrupulousness, similar to that of the word sharp, which makes its use a doubtful compliment. The discriminating use of such words as able, gifted, talented, etc., is greatly preferable to an excessive use of the word clever. Compare ACUMEN; ASTUTE; POWER.

    able, adroit, apt, bright, capable, clever, dexterous, expert, gifted, happy, ingenious, intelligent, keen, knowing, quick, quick-witted, sharp, skilful, smart, talented

    awkward, bungling, clumsy, dull, foolish, idiotic, ignorant, senseless, slow, stupid, thick-headed, witless

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. intellectual

    mental, metaphysical, psychological, inventive, learned, cultured

    unintellectual, unmetaphysical, unlearned

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intellectual, intellectadjective

    a person who uses the mind creatively

    mind, understanding, reason, intellect

    lowbrow, mindless, physical, lowbrowed, philistine, anti-intellectual, uncultivated, nonintellectual

  2. intellectual, rational, noeticadjective

    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind

    "intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"

    cerebral, rational, noetic

    anti-intellectual, uncultivated, lowbrowed, mindless, physical, lowbrow, nonintellectual, philistine

  3. intellectualadjective

    appealing to or using the intellect

    "satire is an intellectual weapon"; "intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor"; "has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people"; "coldly intellectual"; "sort of the intellectual type"; "intellectual literature"

    cerebral, rational, noetic

    philistine, physical, nonintellectual, uncultivated, lowbrowed, mindless, lowbrow, anti-intellectual

  4. cerebral, intellectualadjective

    involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

    "a cerebral approach to the problem"; "cerebral drama"

    cerebral, rational, noetic

    anti-intellectual, physical, mindless, uncultivated, nonintellectual, lowbrowed, philistine, lowbrow

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. intellectualadjective

    mental, of the intellect, of the understanding

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How to use intellectual in a sentence?

  1. Executive Chairman Jack Ma:

    I promise you guys that counterfeits, fake products, and intellectual property theft - we are more and more confident than ever that we can solve the problem.

  2. Terri Sewell:

    I have never seen such intellectual dishonesty, it’s more like the Grinch that stole Christmas.

  3. Ben Rhodes:

    I don't want to suggest a particular formal agreement, what I do want to emphasize is that the area where we would like to reach a greater understanding with the Chinese is on the protection of intellectual property and the ability of businesses to operate without concern of cyber theft.

  4. James Pooley:

    Over the entire 33 year span of its membership in World Intellectual Property Organization, North Korea submitted a grand total of 25 international patent applications, and I knew that the computers were ‘ dual-use ’ technology that could easily have been applied to telemetry calculations or other military use.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    China does steal intellectual property, they do engage in unfair trade practices.

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