intellectual


intellectual
intellectual (adj.) late 14c., "grasped by the understanding" (rather than by the senses), from O.Fr. intellectuel and directly from L. intellectualis "relating to the understanding," from intellectus "discernment, understanding," from pp. stem of intelligere "to understand, discern" (see INTELLIGENCE (Cf. intelligence)). As a noun, attested from 1590s, "mind, intellect;" sense of "an intellectual person" is from 1650s. Related: Intellectuals. Intellectual property attested from 1845. Other adjective formations included intellective (late 15c.), intellectile (1670s).

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