In`tel*lec"tu*al (?; 135), a. [L. intellectualis: cf. F. intellectuel.]

1. Belonging to, or performed by, the intellect; mental; as, intellectual powers, activities, etc.

Logic is to teach us the right use of our reason or intellectual powers.
I. Watts.

2. Endowed with intellect; having the power of understanding; having capacity for the higher forms of knowledge or thought; characterized by intelligence or mental capacity; as, an intellectual person.

Who would lose,
Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity?

3. Suitable for exercising the intellect; formed by, and existing for, the intellect alone; perceived by the intellect; as, intellectual employments.

4. Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.

In`tel*lec"tu*al, n. The intellect or understanding; mental powers or faculties.

Her husband, for I view far round, not nigh,
Whose higher intellectual more I shun.

I kept her intellectuals in a state of exercise.
De Quincey.