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English definition of “intellectual”

intellectual

adjective     /ˌɪntəlˈektjuəl/
relating to your ability to think and understand things, especially complicated ideas: She takes an intellectual approach to decision-making, rather than just following her instincts. I enjoy the intellectual challenge of the job.
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