KJV Dictionary Definition: intelligence


INTEL'LIGENCE, n. L. intelligentia, from intelligo, to understand. This verb is probably composed of in, inter, or intus, within, and lego to collect. The primary sense of understand is generally to take or hold, as we say, to take one's ideas or meaning.

1. Understanding; skill.

2. Notice; information communicated; an account of things distant or before unknown. Intelligence may be transmitted by messengers, by letters, by signals or by telegraphs.

3. Commerce of acquaintance; terms of intercourse. Good intelligence between men is harmony. So we say, there is a good understanding between persons, when they have the same views, or are free from discord.

4. A spiritual being; as a created intelligence. It is believed that the universe is peopled with innumerable superior intelligences.

INTEL'LIGENCE, v.t. To inform; to instruct. Little used.


INTEL'LIGENT, a. L. intelligens.

1. Endowed with the faculty of understanding or reason. Man is an intelligent being.

2. Knowing; understanding; well informed; skilled; as an intelligent officer; an intelligent young man; an intelligent architect; sometimes followed by of; as intelligent of seasons.

3. Giving information. Not used nor proper.


INTEL'LIGIBLE, a. L. intelligibilis. That may be understood or comprehended; as an intelligible account. The rules of human duty are intelligible to minds of the smallest capacity.


INTEL'LIGIBLENESS, n. from intelligible. The quality of state of being intelligible; the possibility of being understood.


INTEL'LIGIBLY, adv. In a manner to be understood; clearly; plainly; as, to write or speak intelligibly.