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a. Of or relating to the intellect.
b. Rational rather than emotional: an intellectual decision.
2. Appealing to or engaging the intellect: an intellectual book; an intellectual problem.
a. Having or showing intellect, especially to a high degree. See Synonyms at intelligent.
b. Given to activities or pursuits that require exercise of the intellect.
An intellectual person.

[Middle English, from Old French intellectuel, from Late Latin intellēctuālis, from Latin intellēctus, intellect; see intellect.]

in′tel·lec′tu·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
in′tel·lec′tu·al·ly adv.
in′tel·lec′tu·al·ness n.
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NOT long ago, the writer of these lines, In the mad pride of intellectuality, Maintained "the power of words"--denied that ever A thought arose within the human brain Beyond the utterance of the human tongue: And now, as if in mockery of that boast, Two words-two foreign soft dissyllables-- Italian tones, made only to be murmured By angels dreaming in the moonlit "dew That hangs like chains of pearl on Hermon hill,"-- Have stirred from out the abysses of his heart, Unthought-like thoughts that are the souls of thought, Richer, far wider, far diviner visions Than even the seraph harper, Israfel,(Who has "the sweetest voice of all God's creatures") Could hope to utter.
"How often must I urge you to seek that absolute concentration of your mental faculties which alone may permit you to bring to bear the highest powers of intellectuality upon the momentous problems which naturally fall to the lot of great minds?
The distinguishing general characteristic of Donne's poetry is the remarkable combination of an aggressive intellectuality with the lyric form and spirit.
'As an exquisite embodiment of the poet's visions, and a realisation of human intellectuality, gilding with refulgent light our dreamy moments, and laying open a new and magic world before the mental eye, the drama is gone, perfectly gone,' said Mr Curdle.
He said some people were athletes, farmers or artisans and that their dream died because of the education system that preached intellectuality above everything.
All of these are, of course, very valid ways of looking at the talk fests, which attempt to bring more intellectuality and academic discourse into the public space and which, fortunately, seem to be steadily increasing across Pakistan.
Togrul Narimanbayov synthesized East and West in his works, combining the decorativeness of eastern miniatures with the intellectuality of western art.
Shaped like a torch, the monument highlights Sharjah's ongoing efforts aimed at fostering reading and stressing the important role of books in further intellectuality and enlightenment.
"What were you hiding under your kilt?," I asked in a moment of probing intellectuality. "Under where?" he replied.
The right to protect one's intellectuality and innovations (Aqal).
The purpose is to improve the intellectuality of students, especially in the economic and financial fields.
He argues that different jobs require different kind of intellectuality. Tiara is described to be excited with anticipation for his answer to her question and she seems to be happy and in agreement with his statement.