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

  • adj. Having intelligence.
  • adj. Having a high degree of intelligence; mentally acute.
  • adj. Showing sound judgment and rationality: an intelligent decision; an intelligent solution to the problem.
  • adj. Appealing to the intellect; intellectual: a film with witty and intelligent dialogue.
  • adj. Computer Science Having certain data storage and processing capabilities: an intelligent terminal; intelligent peripherals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of high or especially quick cognitive capacity, bright.
  • adj. Well thought-out, well considered.
  • adj. Characterized by thoughtful interaction.
  • adj. Having the same level of brain power as mankind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Endowed with the faculty of understanding or reason.
  • adj. Possessed of a high level of intelligence, education, or judgment; knowing; sensible; skilled; exhibiting high intelligence
  • adj. Cognizant; aware; communicative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the faculty of understanding; capable of comprehending facts or ideas: as, man is an intelligent being.
  • Having an active intellect; possessing aptitude or skill; well informed: as, an intelligent artisan or officer.
  • Marked by or indicating intelligence; guided by knowledge or comprehension: as, the intelligent actions of ants; an intelligent answer.
  • Having knowledge; cognizant: followed by of.
  • Bearing intelligence; giving information; communicative.
  • Synonyms Common-sense, etc. (see sensible); quick, bright, acute, discerning, sharp-witted, clear-headed.

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

  • adj. exercising or showing good judgment
  • adj. endowed with the capacity to reason
  • adj. having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
  • adj. possessing sound knowledge


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

Latin intelligēns, intelligent-, present participle of intellegere, intelligere, to perceive : inter-, inter- + legere, to choose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin intellegēns ("discerning"), present active participle of intellegō ("understand, comprehend"), itself from inter ("between") + legō ("choose, pick out, read").



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