intelligence: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (in-tel'i-juns), [key]
— n.
  1. capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
  2. manifestation of a high mental capacity: He writes with intelligence and wit.
  3. the faculty of understanding.
  4. knowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news; information.
  5. the gathering or distribution of information, esp. secret information.
  6. military intelligence; naval intelligence.
    1. information about an enemy or a potential enemy.
    2. the evaluated conclusions drawn from such information.
    3. an organization or agency engaged in gathering such information:military intelligence; naval intelligence.
  7. interchange of information: They have been maintaining intelligence with foreign agents for years.
  8. a fundamental attribute of God, or infinite Mind.
  9. (often cap.) an intelligent being or spirit, esp. an incorporeal one, as an angel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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