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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 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