What is the meaning of intellectual?


  • A person who uses the mind creatively.


  • Of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind.
    • usage: "intellectual problems"; "the triumph of the rational over the animal side of man"
  • Appealing to or using the intellect.
    • usage: "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"
  • Involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct.
    • usage: "a cerebral approach to the problem"; "cerebral drama"
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