Definition of Intelligence

1. Noun. The ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience.

2. Noun. A unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy.

3. Noun. Secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy). "We sent out planes to gather intelligence on their radar coverage"
Exact synonyms: Intelligence Information
Generic synonyms: Info, Information
Specialized synonyms: Military Intelligence

4. Noun. Information about recent and important events. "They awaited news of the outcome"
Exact synonyms: News, Tidings, Word
Generic synonyms: Info, Information
Specialized synonyms: Good Word, Latest, Update

5. Noun. The operation of gathering information about an enemy.

Definition of Intelligence

1. n. The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding.

Definition of Intelligence

1. Noun. Capacity of mind, especially to understand principles, truths, facts or meanings, acquire knowledge, and apply it to practice; the ability to learn and comprehend. ¹

2. Noun. An entity that has such capacities. ¹

3. Noun. Information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities. ¹

4. Noun. A political or military department, agency or unit designed to gather information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activities. ¹

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Definition of Intelligence

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Medical Definition of Intelligence

1. The ability to comprehend or understand. Origin: L. Intelligere = to understand This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Intelligence

intelligence (current term)
intelligence activity
intelligence agencies
intelligence agency
intelligence agent
intelligence analyst
intelligence cell
intelligence information
intelligence officer
intelligence operation
intelligence quotient
intelligence quotients
intelligence service
intelligence test

Literary usage of Intelligence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1897)
"Again, intelligence and its opposite, in virtue of which we speak of people as ... For if intelligence and opinion were the same thing, everybody would be ..."

2. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1879)
"The definition of intelligence as adaptability to new situations at once ... Up to the time of Binet, intelligence used to be understood in the sense of ..."

3. Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the Iran/Contra Affair by Lee H. Hamilton, Daniel K. Inouye (1995)
"The Boland Amendment's Language in Other intelligence Law What accounts for ... The phrase "agency or entity involved in intelligence activities" did not ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884)
"Advance in intelligence, and advance in complexity of brain-structure, ... These conclusions serve to introduce his theory of animal intelligence, ..."

5. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1894)
"Standard ten-year intelligence is defined as the intelligence of the median ten-year child. 2. Therefore standard ten-year intelligence is exceeded by 50 ..."

6. The Journal of Educational Research by Educational Research Association (U.S. (1921)
"Relationship Between General intelligence and Success in Certain ... Significant intelligence differences were found among the three high schools. ..."

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