Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of using the intellect; thinking or reasoning.
  • n. A thought or an idea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The mental activity or process of grasping with the intellect; apprehension by the mind; understanding.
  • n. A particular act of grasping by means of the intellect.
  • n. The mental content of an act of grasping by means of the intellect, as a thought, idea, or conception.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of understanding; simple apprehension of ideas; intuition.
  • n. A creation of the mind itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An act of understanding; simple apprehension of ideas; mental activity; exercise of or capacity for thought.
  • n. In rhetoric, the figure also called synecdoche.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

Etymologies

Middle English intelleccioun, understanding, from Latin intellēctiō, intellēctiōn-, synecdoche, from intellēctus, intellect; see intellect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The intellection is the more profound for this internal possession of the object.

    The Six Enneads.

  • Nor therefore has it intellection which is a thing of the lower sphere where the first intellection, the only true, is identical with

    The Six Enneads.

  • Intellectual-Principle — though, of course, there is another cause of intellection which is also a cause to Being, both rising in a source distinct from either.

    The Six Enneads.

  • The process of intellect we name by terms denoting activity, such as intellection, thinking, the _stream of thought_, and the latter describes it most truly.

    Applied Psychology for Nurses

  • a rapid sort of first "intellection," an error that made all departments of education so trivial, assumptive and dogmatic for centuries before Comenius, Basedow and Pestalozzi, has been banished everywhere save from moral and religious training, where it still persists in full force.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene

  • "intellection" is whetted by the moral and ethical concerns, as well as the conceptual space.

    Anime Nano!

  • Taoist masters, the great founders of ancient Chinese philosophy, teach that such reliance on intellection over intuition is a mistake.

    Arthur Rosenfeld: Must Humans Go the Way of the Dinosaurs?

  • Meaning the impressions on the senses are the material cause for intellection, the matter upon which the mental teeth chew.

    January 9th, 2009

  • Waltzing along the delicate border between intellection and intuition, Kingsley has created a volume that is more than a long string of words and more than a great story rife with fascinating ideas.

    Arthur Rosenfeld: Deepen The Spirit Of The Holidays

  • In addition, Leibniz's theory of monadic perception — a psychology of ontological substance — provided the philosophical rationale for placing sensation, intellection, and feeling on a continuum, so that perception, or feeling, might be regarded as a "confused" form of thinking, yet remain clear in its effect.

    Club Monad

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