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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.]
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1. mental activity; thought
2. an idea or thought
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(ˌɪn tlˈɛk ʃən)

1. the exercise of the intellect; reasoning.
2. an act of the intellect; idea.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]
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1. the exercise or use of the intellect.
2. a particular act or process of the intellect.
See also: Ideas, Thinking
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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
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References in classic literature ?
Intellect and intellection signify to the common ear consideration of abstract truth.
The immortality of man is as legitimately preached from the intellections as from the moral volitions.
Once having tasted this immortal ichor, he cannot have enough of it, and as an admirable creative power exists in these intellections, it is of the last importance that these things get spoken.
the inductive recognition of ethical universals is a "theoria: exercise of philosophical reflection on the particulars of the tragic action, an associative intellection that actualizes the sub ject's knowledge by joining ethical universals with the particular mimetic praxeis they regard.
Imagination then mingles with facts and draws closer to thought and intellection. As a result of this movement, his maturity and constructive abilities constantly increase.
It exposes the limits of rational intellection and the profundity of our emotional complexities.
In his or her undertaking, the ethnographer's empathy and creative imagination are of fundamental importance, indeed on a par to his or her critical intellection and anthropological acumen, which grows and matures through the appropriation and affirmation of the reality of a given cultural life-world that he or she endeavours to comprehend in its own terms.
In our country paper, we defined aesthetics as 'the power of intellection, a sense of beauty, taste and artistic competence for a learned understanding of a people and their country's history.'
In such a way all acts of intellection lead to the union of lover and beloved.