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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intelligent mean? 

INTELLIGENT (adjective)
  The adjective INTELLIGENT has 4 senses:

1. having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
2. possessing sound knowledge
3. exercising or showing good judgment
4. endowed with the capacity to reason

  Familiarity information: INTELLIGENT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INTELLIGENT (adjective)

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

Context examples:

is there intelligent life in the universe? / an intelligent question


quick; ready (apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity)

scintillating (brilliantly clever)

prehensile (having a keen intellect)

born; innate; natural (being talented through inherited qualities)

bright; smart (characterized by quickness and ease in learning)

brainy; brilliant; smart as a whip (having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence)

apt; clever (mentally quick and resourceful)

alert (mentally responsive)

agile; nimble (mentally quick)

searching; trenchant (having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect)


precocious (characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude))

smart (showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness)


intelligence (the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience)


unintelligent (lacking intelligence)

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Possessing sound knowledge


well-informed; intelligent

Context example:

well-informed readers


sophisticated (having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire)

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Exercising or showing good judgment


levelheaded; level-headed; sound; intelligent; healthy

Context examples:

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


reasonable; sensible (showing reason or sound judgment)

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Endowed with the capacity to reason


reasoning; thinking; intelligent


rational (consistent with or based on or using reason)

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