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From Middle French intellectif and its etymon the post-Classical Latin intellēctīvus, from intellegō.



intellective (comparative more intellective, superlative most intellective)

  1. Of, related to, or caused by the intellect.
    • 2000, Thomas Albert Sebeok, Marcel Danesi, The Forms of Meaning: Modeling Systems Theory and Semiotic Analysis,
      Intellective codes are those that have been designed to organize knowledge about some field, functioning as mental templates for understanding the world. A perfect example of an intellective code is that of trigonometry, []
  2. Having the capacity to reason and understand.
    • 1907, Apollinarianism, article in Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen–Assize,
      It is to be found in the seventh anathema of Pope Damasus in the Council of Rome, 381. "We pronounce anathema against them who say that the Word of God is in the human flesh in lieu and place of the human rational and intellective soul. For, the Word of God is the Son Himself. Neither did He come in the flesh to replace, but rather to assume and preserve from sin and save the rational and intellective soul of man."
    • 2000, James B. Reichmann, Evolution, Animal 'Rights,' and The Environment, CUA Press (2000), →ISBN, page 219:
      The human is, after all, the only truly intellective animal, and the language he employs is, as Bickerton observes, like no other form of animal communication.