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Present active participle of intellegō (I understand; perceive)


intellegēns m, f, n (genitive intellegentis); third declension

  1. understanding, realising.
  2. perceiving, discerning.


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative intellegēns intellegentēs intellegentia
Genitive intellegentis intellegentium
Dative intellegentī intellegentibus
Accusative intellegentem intellegēns intellegentēs, intellegentīs intellegentia
Ablative intellegente, intellegentī1 intellegentibus
Vocative intellegēns intellegentēs intellegentia

1When used purely as an adjective.


  • intellegens in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • intellegens in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • intellegens in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a connoisseur; a specialist: (artis, artium) intellegens, peritus (opp. idiota, a layman)
    • a (competent, intelligent, subtle) critic: existimator (doctus, intellegens, acerrimus)
    • good taste; delicate perception: iudicium subtile, elegans, exquisitum, intellegens
    • (ambiguous) to possess great ability: intellegentia or mente multum valere