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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.
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.
En el primero ("Intuition, Intellection, and Mystical Knowledge"), Damien Janos explora las ideas gazalianas de intuicion, inteleccion y conocimiento mistico.
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.
Instead, it should be understood as a claim about the metaphysics of intellection, according to which the perfection requisite for performing the act of understanding is what could be called "intellectual-intelligible being.
In such a way all acts of intellection lead to the union of lover and beloved.
Clarivate Analytics plans to keep its focus on scientific and academic research, patent analysis, regulatory standards, trademark protection, pharmaceutical and biotechnology intelligence, domain brand protection, and intellection property management.
Close examination of events in Iraq from 2003 to the present shows that the failures in Iraq following the ousting of Saddam Hussein, and perhaps in all conflicts, arise from the inability to enlarge the concept of possibility and to develop those capacities necessary to engage it: imagination, memory, the capacity to mourn, a commitment to beauty, and a shift in intellection from critique and political contest to collaborative investigation of shared concerns.
What might a wider set of tools provide, also for comparative social scientists actually interested in intellection from elsewhere.
can drive the human intellection of an incognizable numinosity,
Anyone interested in the pleasures of quick-paced, jittery, multitasking intellection, of our ever-farther-branching rumination, and of writing that welcomes the whole of the world and then recombines its elements in new, highly individuated ways, should try diving into a collection of Lerner's.
Selecting Kuwait as the capital of Islamic culture this year is a crowning moment for all its efforts throughout the past years in spreading culture, awareness and enlightened intellection, in addition to its keenness on presenting the true image of Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance, he said, pointing out Kuwait's pioneering role, which dates back to the 1950s, and strive in spreading the moderation principle, one of Islam's main characteristics.