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

[Middle English intelleccioun, understanding, from Latin intellēctiō, intellēctiōn-, synecdoche, from intellēctus, intellect; see intellect.]


1. mental activity; thought
2. an idea or thought


(ˌɪn tlˈɛk ʃən)

1. the exercise of the intellect; reasoning.
2. an act of the intellect; idea.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]


1. the exercise or use of the intellect.
2. a particular act or process of the intellect.
See also: Ideas, Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intellection - the process of using your mind to consider something carefullyintellection - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
higher cognitive process - cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
free association - a thought process in which ideas (words or images) suggest other ideas in a sequence
mental synthesis, construction - the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning - thinking that is coherent and logical
line of thought - a particular way of thinking that is characteristic of some individual or group
train of thought, thread - the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together; "I couldn't follow his train of thought"; "he lost the thread of his argument"
mysticism - obscure or irrational thought
ideation - the process of forming and relating ideas
consideration - the process of giving careful thought to something
excogitation - thinking something out with care in order to achieve complete understanding of it
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible
planning, preparation, provision - the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties"
problem solving - the thought processes involved in solving a problem
convergent thinking - thinking that brings together information focussed on solving a problem (especially solving problems that have a single correct solution)
divergent thinking, out-of-the-box thinking - thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
References in classic literature ?
Intellect and intellection signify to the common ear consideration of abstract truth.
The most remarkable expression of positive development in Hamlet's thinking concerns his frequent association with a higher power of intellection than that which mere thinking can achieve.
Mendelssohn, Reggio); intellection and developing consciousness (Maimon, Formstecher, Hirsch); revelation (Rosensweig); history (Ascher, Einhorn, Graetz); and universal morality (Salanter, Shadal, Buber).
Occasionally, though, one wishes for a somewhat stronger reconstructive take on the material, for we speed through a series of topics--the mutual entailment of immateriality and intellectuality, Sadra's criticism of earlier theories of knowledge, the relation of perception to intellection, Sadra's take on the notion of active intellect, the unification argument, self-knowledge, and God's knowledge--at such a pace that the reader will face a considerable task in forming an overall picture of Sadrian epistemology.
Mr Bowei Lee, CEO and Chairman of LCY, says it is a proudly strategic intellection for LCY to pursue advance technology.
Twenty jobs will be created when the company, now named Intellection (UK), completes a move from its existing premises in Colwyn Bay to larger, new facilities at Abergele.
As a lyric poet, Davis' essential gift is using associative writing not to dissociate feeling from intellection but rather to make lyric connections syntactically, from word to word and sentence to sentence, eschewing the more linear powers of narrative.
There is not just one level of knowing or one science of nature but many, ranging from simple observation related to seeing (ruya) to intellection (taaqqul) and in depth knowledge of the essences of things (ilm), which must not under any condition be confused with simple ratiocination any more than one can simply identify Qur'anic 'ilm with modern science, a sin of which many modern Muslims thinkers are guilty.
They can appeal only to those who think that shocking the conventionally minded is the main purpose of intellection, and that an ounce of bon mot is worth a ton of truth: in short, those who are themselves of an adolescent cast of mind.
Given the absence of the very concept of sanctity in modern Western intellection, some would even go to the extent of casting doubt on the ability of Westerns to comprehend the sensitivity of the perception of sanctity in Islamic understanding.
Intellection Holdings announced the release of their iDiscover 4.
Thus, in breadth and variety, their texts and intellection, reflect the realities of the continent, opening the warehouse of debate and discourse on art in Africa to uncover a robust intellection in support of art never created in a vacuum wherein the critic is interested in understanding the social milieu and extent the writer responds to it (Kehinde 2005:87).