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INTELLIGENT

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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)


Sense 1intelligent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context examples:

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

Similar:

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)

Also:

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

smart (showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

unintelligent (lacking intelligence)


Sense 2intelligent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Possessing sound knowledge

Synonyms:

well-informed; intelligent

Context example:

well-informed readers

Similar:

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


Sense 3intelligent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exercising or showing good judgment

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

reasonable; sensible (showing reason or sound judgment)


Sense 4intelligent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Endowed with the capacity to reason

Synonyms:

reasoning; thinking; intelligent

Similar:

rational (consistent with or based on or using reason)


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