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Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability:
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  1. Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability:
  2. Constituting, or occurring as, an exception; not ordinary or average; esp., much above average in quality, ability, etc.
  3. Well above average; extraordinary:
Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
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  1. Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
  2. Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns.
Mentally quick; smart, clever, witty, etc.
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  1. Mentally quick; smart, clever, witty, etc.
  2. Full of promise and hope; auspicious:
  3. Happy; cheerful:
Skilled at accomplishing things, especially with the hands:
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  1. Skilled at accomplishing things, especially with the hands:
  2. Quick in thinking or learning; intelligent, ingenious, quick-witted, witty, facile, etc.
  3. Mentally quick and original; bright:
Mentally quick; smart, clever, witty, etc.
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  1. Mentally quick; smart, clever, witty, etc.
  2. Clear or brilliant in color or sound; vivid or intense
  3. Full of promise and hope; auspicious:
Extremely sharp or severe; intense:
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  1. Extremely sharp or severe; intense:
  2. Afflicted by a disease exhibiting a rapid onset followed by a short, severe course:
  3. Very serious; critical; crucial
Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment.
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  1. Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment.
  2. Having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition
  3. Able to perceive quickly and easily; having keen insight or intuition; penetrating
Very deep or low
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  1. Very deep or low
  2. Situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep:
  3. Deeply felt or held; intense:
Having much power of mind; skilled; talented
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  1. Having much power of mind; skilled; talented
  2. Having enough power, skill, etc. to do something
  3. (Usage Problem) Susceptible to action or treatment:
Able to be trusted or depended upon; trustworthy or reliable:
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  1. Able to be trusted or depended upon; trustworthy or reliable:
  2. Able to pay debts or meet business obligations
  3. Able to distinguish between right and wrong and to think and act rationally, and hence accountable for one's behavior
Aimed, guided, and controlled precisely, through the use of computer technology
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  1. Aimed, guided, and controlled precisely, through the use of computer technology
  2. Canny and shrewd in dealings with others:
  3. Capable of making adjustments that resemble those resulting from human decisions, chiefly by means of electronic sensors and computer technology:
Having or showing unusual and impressive intelligence:
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  1. Having or showing unusual and impressive intelligence:
  2. Full of light; shining.
  3. Sharp and clear in tone:
Having thorough knowledge of a subject
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  1. Having thorough knowledge of a subject
  2. Having considerable knowledge of many subjects, esp. those of current interest
  3. Furnished with sufficient, correct knowledge
Capable or clever; able to put available resources to efficient or ingenious use; using materials at hand wisely or efficiently.
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  1. Capable or clever; able to put available resources to efficient or ingenious use; using materials at hand wisely or efficiently.
  2. Able to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations.
Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
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  1. Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
  2. Sharp; piercing
  3. Able or seeming to penetrate:
Preceding all others in time; first:
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  1. Preceding all others in time; first:
  2. Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual:
  3. Capable of or given to inventing or creating something new, or thinking or acting in an independent, individual, fresh way
Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.
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  1. Having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted.
  2. (Archaic) Having keen vision
  3. Having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perceptive
Eager; enthusiastic; much interested
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  1. Eager; enthusiastic; much interested
  2. Strongly felt or perceived; intense; strong
  3. Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
Created by, indicative of, or characterized by imagination or creativity.
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  1. Created by, indicative of, or characterized by imagination or creativity.
  2. Having, using, or showing imagination; having great creative powers
  3. Having a lively imagination, especially a creative imagination.
Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
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  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by invention.
  2. Creative, or skilful at inventing.
  3. Skilled in inventing; creative
Using or showing reason, or sound judgment; sensible
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  1. Using or showing reason, or sound judgment; sensible
  2. A standard for what is fair and appropriate under usual and ordinary circumstances; that which is according to reason; the way a rational and just person would have acted. A standard for what is fair and appropriate under usual and ordinary circumstances; that which is according to reason; the way a rational and just person would have acted.
  3. Able to reason
Permitting an action to be performed:
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  1. Permitting an action to be performed:
  2. Having the ability required for a specific task or accomplishment; qualified:
  3. Having capacity or ability; efficient and able:
Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.
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  1. Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.
  2. (Botany) Blossoming before the appearance of leaves.
  3. Manifesting or characterized by development, aptitude, or interests considered advanced for a given age:
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  1. Endowed with special, in particular intellectual, abilities.
  2. Revealing special talent:
  3. Endowed with great natural ability, intelligence, or talent:
Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness:
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  1. Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness:
  2. Clever, resourceful, original, and inventive
  3. Made or done in a clever or original way
Possessing or showing knowledge or intelligence; perceptive and well-informed.
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  1. Possessing or showing knowledge or intelligence; perceptive and well-informed.
  2. Educated and well informed
  3. Having knowledge, especially of a particular subject
Having the ability or power to create:
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  1. Having the ability or power to create:
  2. Tending to create things, or having the ability to create often, excellently, in a novel fashion, or any or all of these.
  3. Creating or able to create
Full of activity or animation; lively:
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  1. Full of activity or animation; lively:
  2. (Sports) In play; live:
  3. Full of living or moving things; abounding:
  1. Showing compassion.
  2. That understands; having or characterized by comprehension, sympathy, etc.
  3. Characterized by or having good sense or compassion:
Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
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  1. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
  2. Watchful and ready, as in facing danger
  3. Quick in thought or action; active; nimble
Alternative spelling of quick-witted.
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  1. Alternative spelling of quick-witted.
  2. Mentally keen, alert, sharp, agile, and nimble.
  3. Mentally alert and sharp; keen.
Having a clear, orderly mind; sensible.
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  1. Having a clear, orderly mind; sensible.
  2. Having the ability to think clearly and act appropriately
Done or occurring immediately:
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  1. Done or occurring immediately:
  2. Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy:
  3. Designating a reference source designed to provide basic or essential information in a format that is easy to use
Abrupt or acute:
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  1. Abrupt or acute:
  2. Having clear form and detail:
  3. Suitable for use in cutting or piercing; having a very thin edge or fine point; keen
Entertainingly and strikingly clever or original in concept, design, or performance:
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  1. Entertainingly and strikingly clever or original in concept, design, or performance:
  2. Full of wit.
  3. Quick of mind; insightful; in possession of wits
Prepared or equipped to act or be used immediately
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  1. Prepared or equipped to act or be used immediately
  2. Apt; inclined
  3. Prepared or available for service, action, or progress:
Shrewd or cunning, esp. in a selfish way; scheming
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  1. Shrewd or cunning, esp. in a selfish way; scheming
  2. Shrewd; crafty:
  3. (Especially of a person) Which serves one's own interests in an unemotional, analytical manner.
Having or exercising the ability to reason.
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  1. Having or exercising the ability to reason.
  2. Consistent with or based on reason or good judgment; logical or sensible:
  3. Able to reason; reasoning; in possession of one's reason or sanity
Full of thought; meditative; thinking
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  1. Full of thought; meditative; thinking
  2. Engrossed in thought:
  3. Heedful, careful, attentive, etc.; esp., considerate of others; kind
Having or showing good judgment or understanding; astute
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  1. Having or showing good judgment or understanding; astute
Having a discerning judgment or taste
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  1. Having a discerning judgment or taste
  2. Able to make or see fine distinctions; discerning
  3. Able to perceive fine distinctions between similar things; perceptive
  1. Shrewd or showing clever awareness.
  2. Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding:
  3. Implying shrewd understanding or possession of secret or inside information
Appealing to or engaging the intellect:
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  1. Appealing to or engaging the intellect:
  2. Guided by the intellect rather than by feelings
  3. Given to activities or pursuits that require exercise of the intellect.
(Obs.) Having a keen sense of smell
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  1. (Obs.) Having a keen sense of smell
  2. Having or showing keen perception or discernment and sound judgment, foresight, etc.
Giving or evincing careful regard; heedful:
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  1. Giving or evincing careful regard; heedful:
  2. Marked by steady attention and effort; assiduous:
  3. Given to diligent study:
Disposed to or characterized by contemplation.
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  1. Disposed to or characterized by contemplation.
  2. Of or inclined to contemplation; thoughtful; meditative
Quick to learn or understand:
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  1. Quick to learn or understand:
  2. (Archaic) Ready; prepared
  3. Exactly suitable; appropriate:
Far distant in time or space:
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  1. Far distant in time or space:
  2. Extremely grave or serious
  3. Difficult to penetrate or understand; recondite:
Wise, discerning, judicious, etc.
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  1. Wise, discerning, judicious, etc.
  2. Proceeding from or marked by wisdom and calm judgment:
  3. Showing wisdom and good judgment
Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious:
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  1. Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious:
  2. (Slang) Annoyingly self-assured, knowing, conceited, etc.
  3. Provided with information; informed. Often used with to :
Disposed to or marked by artful and cunning practices; tricky.
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  1. Disposed to or marked by artful and cunning practices; tricky.
  2. Having or showing a clever awareness or resourcefulness, especially in practical matters.
  3. Artful, cunning, wily, etc. in one's dealings with others
(Informal) Very intellectually capable.
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  1. (Informal) Very intellectually capable.
  2. Intelligent; smart.
  3. (Informal) Having a good mind; intelligent
(Colloquial) mentally competent; not absentminded
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  1. (Colloquial) mentally competent; not absentminded
(Sports) Being in control of the ball
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  1. (Sports) Being in control of the ball
  2. (Idiomatic) Alert, active, or attentive; on top of things.
(Idiomatic) Behaving in a foolish, frivolous, or uncomprehending manner as a ruse for concealing clever deeds or deeper intentions.
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  1. (Idiomatic) Behaving in a foolish, frivolous, or uncomprehending manner as a ruse for concealing clever deeds or deeper intentions.
Perceptible to the intellect
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  1. Perceptible to the intellect
  2. Having appreciation or understanding; emotionally or intellectually aware
  3. Acting with or exhibiting good judgment; reasonable:
Having or showing prudent judgment and foresight
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  1. Having or showing prudent judgment and foresight
  2. Able to see distant objects better than objects at close range; hyperopic.
  3. Being considerate about the future with respect to one's own plans or deeds; showing anticipation.
(Mathematics) Capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers.
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  1. (Mathematics) Capable of being expressed as a quotient of integers.
  2. Consistent with or based on reason or good judgment; logical or sensible:
  3. Showing reason; not foolish or silly; sensible
Glorious; magnificent:
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  1. Glorious; magnificent:
  2. Superb; wonderful:
  3. Sharp and clear in tone:
Guided by the intellect rather than by feelings
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  1. Guided by the intellect rather than by feelings
  2. Rational rather than emotional:
  3. Appealing to or engaging the intellect:
Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding:
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  1. Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding:
  2. Suggestive of secret or private knowledge:
  3. Shrewd or showing clever awareness.
  1. Educated and well informed
  2. Possessing or showing knowledge or intelligence; perceptive and well-informed.
  3. Having knowledge, especially of a particular subject
(Informal) Very intellectually capable.
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  1. (Informal) Very intellectually capable.
  2. (Informal) Having a good mind; intelligent
  3. Intelligent; smart.
Watchful and ready, as in facing danger
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  1. Watchful and ready, as in facing danger
  2. Quick in thought or action; active; nimble
  3. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
Quick in thinking or learning; intelligent, ingenious, quick-witted, witty, facile, etc.
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  1. Quick in thinking or learning; intelligent, ingenious, quick-witted, witty, facile, etc.
  2. Handsome, convenient, nice, etc.
  3. Mentally quick and original; bright:
Strongly felt or perceived; intense; strong
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  1. Strongly felt or perceived; intense; strong
  2. Sharp; vivid; strong:
  3. Sharp and quick in seeing, hearing, thinking, etc.; acute
Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy:
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  1. Moving or functioning rapidly and energetically; speedy:
  2. Designating a reference source designed to provide basic or essential information in a format that is easy to use
  3. Perceiving or responding with speed and sensitivity; keen:
Alternative spelling of quick-witted.
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  1. Alternative spelling of quick-witted.
  2. Mentally keen, alert, sharp, agile, and nimble.
  3. Mentally alert and sharp; keen.
Sudden and brilliant or dazzling:
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  1. Sudden and brilliant or dazzling:
  2. (Informal) Attractive or stylish:
  3. Brilliant; intense
Clever, keen of intellect, swift of thought.
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  1. Clever, keen of intellect, swift of thought.
  2. Alternative form of sharp-witted.
  3. Having or showing keen intelligence or discernment; thinking quickly and effectively
Shrewd or sharp, as in one's dealings
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  1. Shrewd or sharp, as in one's dealings
  2. Energetic or quick in movement:
  3. Having or showing intelligence; bright.
Following as a natural effect, result, or conclusion:
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  1. Following as a natural effect, result, or conclusion:
  2. Logically correct or consistent.
  3. Proceeding in logical sequence
Of, relating to, in accordance with, or of the nature of logic:
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  1. Of, relating to, in accordance with, or of the nature of logic:
  2. Necessary or to be expected because of what has gone before; that follows as reasonable
  3. Reasonable.
Of, based on, or derived from reasoning
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  1. Of, based on, or derived from reasoning
  2. Showing reason; not foolish or silly; sensible
  3. Consistent with or based on reason or good judgment; logical or sensible:
Governed by or being in accordance with reason or sound thinking:
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  1. Governed by or being in accordance with reason or sound thinking:
  2. Capable of reasoning; rational:
  3. Not excessive or extreme; fair:

Synonym Study

  • Intellectual suggests keen intelligence coupled with interest and ability in the more advanced fields of knowledge
  • Brilliant implies an unusually high degree of intelligence
  • Bright and smart are somewhat informal, less precise equivalents for any of the preceding
  • Alert emphasizes quickness in sizing up a situation
  • Clever implies quickness in learning or understanding, but sometimes connotes a lack of thoroughness or depth
  • Intelligent implies the ability to learn or understand from experience or to respond successfully to a new experience
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