Intelligence vocabulary: Over 40 essential words related to intelligence
A lot of people ask this question: “What is intelligence in psychology? As a matter of fact, there are several theories of intelligence in psychology. However, the concept of intelligence has been generally defined as the cognitive ability to solve problems. It is the mental ability used in reasoning, perceiving analogies and relationships, learning and understanding quickly, etc.
The professor of education, Howard Gardner, said that there are multiple intelligences ( competences) not only one intelligence. In this post, I’m going to focus only on intelligence vocabulary. That is, words related to intelligence. Also, you’ll find several synonyms of intelligent.
- Genius (uncountable noun): a high level of intelligence, ability or mental skill, which only a small number of people have.
- A Genius (countable noun): a person who has a very high level of intelligence, ability or mental skill.
- A gift (noun): an ability that is given to you by God.
- Gifted (adjective): having a natural or special ability in a particular subject.
- Clever (adjective): able to learn and understand things quickly.
- Cleverness (noun): the state of being clever.
- Brillant (adjective): extremely clever or skillful.
- Brillance (noun): a very high level of intelligence.
- Wise (adjective): a person who is wise makes good decisions and gives good advice as they have a lot of experience in life. The opposite is unwise.
- Wisdom (noun): a good sense and judgment based on experience in life.
- Smart (adjective): intelligent
- Quick-witted (adjective): able to think quickly; intelligent. The opposite is slow-witted.
- Witty (adjective): clever
- The mind (noun): Your intelligence and ability to think, rather than your emotions.
- The brain (noun): the ability to learn quickly and think about things in an intelligent way.
- Brainy (adjective): able to think quickly and learn easily.
- A skill (noun): an ability to do something well, especially because you learned and practised it.
- Skillful (American English)/ Skilful (British English) (adjective): good at doing something, especially something which requires special ability or training.
- Skilled (adjective): a person who is skilled has the training and experience to do something well. The opposite is unskilled.
- Skilfully/ Skillfully (adverb): in a skillful manner.
- Competent (adjective): able to do something to a satisfactory standard. The opposite is incompetent.
- Able (to do something ) (adjective): can do something.
- Capable (of doing something ) (adjective): able to do something well.
- Capability = ability
- Sharp (adjective): able to think and understand things quickly. The opposite is dull.
- Shrewd (adjective): clever at understanding and making judgements about a situation.
- Astute (adjective): very clever and quick at seeing what to do in a particular situation.
- Careful = attentive
- Bright (adjective): intelligent; quick to learn.
- Lucid (adjective): able to understand and think quickly.
- Lucidity (noun): the ability to understand and think quickly.
- Ingenious (adjective): an Ingenious plan or idea works well.
- Deft (adjective): Skillful at doing something.
- Dexterous (adjective): Skillful at using hands or mind.
- Alert (adjective): able to think quickly and clearly.
- Nimble (adjective): quick and exact either in movement or thoughts.
- Lively (adjective): someone who has a lively mind is intelligent and interested in a lot of things.
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These various smartness and intelligence vocabulary can help you enrich your vocabulary.