What is intellectual?

  • (adj): Of or relating to the intellect.
    Example: "His intellectual career"
    See also — Additional definitions below


An intellectual is a person who primarily uses intelligence in either a professional or an individual capacity. As a substantive or adjective, it refers to the work product of such persons, to the so-called "life of the mind" generally, or to an aspect of something where learning, erudition, and informed and critical thinking are the focus, as in "the intellectual level of the discourse on the matter was not high".

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Some articles on intellectual:

Societal Views On Intellectual Property
... Intellectual property (IP) is a legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognized ... Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works discoveries and inventions and words, phrases, symbols, and ... Common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights, trade dress, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets ...
Tui (intellectual)
... A Tui is an intellectual who sells his or her abilities and opinions as a commodity in the marketplace or who uses them to support the dominant ideology of an ... for his so-called Tui-Novel—an unfinished satire on intellectuals in the German Empire and Weimar Republic—and his epic comedy from the early 1950s, Turandot or the Whitewashers' Congress ... word is a neologism that results from the acronym of a word play on "intellectual" ("Tellekt-Ual-In") ...
Mary N. Meeker - SI and SOI
... three-dimensional model, each intersection of the three dimensions represents as a unique intellectual ability, such as comprehension of semantic relations that is, understanding analogies ... measured using a test that identifies an individual's aptitude on the multiple intellectual abilities identified in the Structure of Intellect model and 2) the individual's intellectual abilities ...
Societal Views On Intellectual Property - Objectives
... The stated objective of most intellectual property law (with the exception of trademarks) is to "Promote progress." By exchanging limited exclusive rights for disclosure of ... commentators have noted that the objective of intellectual property legislators and those who support its implementation appears to be "absolute protection." "If some intellectual property is ... value of their inventions." This absolute protection or full value view treats intellectual property as another type of 'real' property, typically adopting its law and rhetoric ...
Public Intellectual Life - Bioethics and Public Intellectualism
... It has been suggested that public intellectuals bridge the gap between the academic elite and the educated public, particularly when concerning issues in the natural sciences, such as genetics and bioethics ... There are distinct differences between academics, in the traditional sense, and public intellectuals ... This has become known as "the academisation of intellectual life" ...

More definitions of "intellectual":

  • (adj): Involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct.
    Synonyms: cerebral
  • (noun): A person who uses the mind creatively.
    Synonyms: intellect
  • (adj): Of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind.
    Example: "Intellectual problems"
    Synonyms: rational, noetic
  • (adj): Appealing to or using the intellect.
    Example: "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"

Famous quotes containing the word intellectual:

    Life must be filled up, and the man who is not capable of intellectual pleasures must content himself with such as his senses can afford.
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

    We are a race of tit-men, and soar but little higher in our intellectual flights than the columns of the daily paper.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Can a woman become a genius of the first class? Nobody can know unless women in general shall have equal opportunity with men in education, in vocational choice, and in social welcome of their best intellectual work for a number of generations.
    Anna Garlin Spencer (1851–1931)