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Synonyms for intelligent
ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəntin·tel·li·gent

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  1. intelligentadjective


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  4. intelligentadjective

    My girlfriend and I had an intelligent conversation.


  5. intelligentadjective

    The hunt for intelligent life.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. intelligent

    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, intellectual, keen, knowing, quick, quick-witted, sharp, skilful, smart, talented

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intelligentadjective

    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree

    "is there intelligent life in the universe?"; "an intelligent question"

    thinking(a), healthy, sound, levelheaded, reasoning(a), level-headed, well-informed

    naive, naif, unintelligent, unreasonable, irrational, brainless, stupid, headless

  2. intelligent, well-informedadjective

    possessing sound knowledge

    "well-informed readers"

    sound, well-informed, thinking(a), healthy, reasoning(a), level-headed, levelheaded

    brainless, unintelligent, naive, naif, irrational, headless, unreasonable, stupid

  3. healthy, intelligent, levelheaded, level-headed, soundadjective

    exercising or showing good judgment

    "healthy scepticism"; "a healthy fear of rattlesnakes"; "the healthy attitude of French laws"; "healthy relations between labor and management"; "an intelligent solution"; "a sound approach to the problem"; "sound advice"; "no sound explanation for his decision"

    levelheaded, reasoning(a), good, salubrious, well-informed, sizable, sound, wakeless, well-grounded, sizeable, effectual, thinking(a), hefty, profound, healthy, heavy, reasoned, legal, respectable, goodly, goodish, level-headed, tidy, good for you(p)

    unreasonable, brainless, stupid, unintelligent, naive, irrational, headless, naif

  4. intelligent, reasoning(a), thinking(a)adjective

    endowed with the capacity to reason

    unreasonable, unintelligent, headless, brainless, stupid, naif, naive, irrational

Editors Contribution

  1. perceptive

    Submitted by davidb on October 6, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. intelligentadjective

    knowing, understanding, instructed, enlightened, skilful, skilled, clever, well-informed

  2. intelligentadjective

    astute, acute, quick, bright, apt, shrewd, discerning, clear-sighted, keen-sighted, quick-sighted, sharp-sighted, sharp-witted, keen-eyed, long-headed, clear-headed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. intelligentadjective

    clever, discerning, astute, bright, knowing, apt, sensible

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  1. Justice Antonin Scalia:

    You're looking at me as though I'm weird, my God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It's in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.

  2. Samuel Barrêto:

    We need to prepare ourselves for more drastic situations, we must learn to use water in a more rational, intelligent way.

  3. President Nixon, on the best wife for a president:

    You want a wife who is intelligent, but not too intelligent.

  4. Rupert Sheldrake:

    In no other field of scientific endeavor do otherwise intelligent people feel free to make public claims based on prejudice and ignorance. Yet in relation to psychic phenomena, committed materialists feel free to disregard the evidence and behave irrationally and unscientifically, while claiming to speak in the name of science and reason. They abuse the authority of science and bring rationalism into disrepute.

  5. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette:

    A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.

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