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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishintellectualin‧tel‧lec‧tu·al1 /ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl◂/ ●●○ W3 adjective  1 relating to the ability to understand things and think intelligentlymentalintellectual development/ability/activity etc a job that requires considerable intellectual effort2 INTELLIGENTan intellectual person is well-educated and interested in serious ideas and subjects such as science, literature etcacademic Mark’s very intellectual.3 INTELLIGENTneeding serious thought in order to be understood an intellectual filmintellectually adverb intellectually stimulating intelligent
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intellectualThis intellectual activity was partly no doubt prompted by the blatant individualism of the New Right.Thus, the roots of all intellectual development are in early sensorimotor behavior.the intellectual development of childrenAccordingly, differences in prior experiences can contribute to individual differences in intellectual development.The libretto and music, completed in 1928, came from the rambunctious intellectual environment of Paris between the two world wars.There seemed to be remarkably few cultural or intellectual events for the undergraduates at the university.The fundamental issue in the current debate is whether environmental lead causes intellectual impairment or behavioural disturbances in children.She's a pretty child, but hardly his intellectual level, I should have thought.She likes reading those trendy intellectual magazines about politics and society.It could have defended the frontiers, repressed religious intolerance and done something to accelerate economic and intellectual progress.It gives us everything from our connection to the outside world to our artistic and intellectual systems.intellectual development/ability/activity etcAccordingly, differences in prior experiences can contribute to individual differences in intellectual development.In a crucial explanatory passage the narrator tells us: This marks a great step in Lok's intellectual development.Both Piaget and Vygotsky were concerned about intellectual development, but each pursued different problems and questions.As such, intellectual development is adaptive.There are just better and better placements as intellectual development proceeds.The level of intellectual activity there.He says he wanted to find out if he had the intellectual ability to complete a degree starting from nothing.This intellectual activity was partly no doubt prompted by the blatant individualism of the New Right.
intellectualintellectual2 ●○○ noun [countable]  INTELLIGENTan intelligent well-educated person who spends time thinking about complicated ideas and discussing themacademic a leading British intellectualintellectualism noun [uncountable]
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intellectualIt's an organization of writers, artists and intellectuals, who come together to discuss their ideas.The third task of universities is a sort of Olympic games for intellectuals.The reaction from most intellectuals to these three cases has either been approval or silence.Both were ambitious, leery of intellectuals, and contemptuous of liberals, whom they thought were hypocrites.Park imprisoned dissenters, including opposing politicians, intellectuals, and journalists.Some intellectuals of the Cold War vintage support the bill ardently.Soviet intellectuals helped change the political climate of the country.It was not long before such people became the butt of the intellectuals.The restaurant was once the meeting place for leading French left-wing intellectuals such as Sartre and de Beauvoir.