intelligent: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (in-tel'i-junt), [key]
— adj.
  1. having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals: an intelligent student.
  2. displaying or characterized by quickness of understanding, sound thought, or good judgment: an intelligent reply.
  3. having the faculty of reasoning and understanding; possessing intelligence: intelligent beings in outer space.
  4. pertaining to the ability to do data processing locally; smart:Cf. dumb (def. 8). An intelligent terminal can edit input before transmission to a host computer.
  5. having understanding or knowledge (usually fol. by of&hasp;).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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