[ in-tel-i-juhns ]
/ ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns /


Origin of intelligence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word intelligentia. See intelligent, -ence

SYNONYMS FOR intelligence

1 See mind.
2 discernment, reason, acumen, aptitude, penetration.

OTHER WORDS FROM intelligence

hy·per·in·tel·li·gence, noun non·in·tel·li·gence, noun pre·in·tel·li·gence, noun su·per·in·tel·li·gence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for intelligence

/ (ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns) /


Derived forms of intelligence

intelligential, adjective

Word Origin for intelligence

C14: from Latin intellegentia, from intellegere to discern, comprehend, literally: choose between, from inter- + legere to choose

Medical definitions for intelligence

[ ĭn-tĕlə-jəns ]


The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, especially toward a purposeful goal.
An individual's relative standing on two quantitative indices, namely measured intelligence, as expressed by an intelligence quotient, and effectiveness of adaptive behavior.