(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [ Said of persons or beings ]
Syn. clever, bright, astute, acute, smart, brilliant, perceptive, well-informed, resourceful, profound, penetrating, original, exceptional, perspicacious, keen, imaginative, inventive, reasonable, capable, able, precocious, gifted, ingenious, knowledgeable, creative, alive, responsible, understanding, alert, quick-witted, keen-witted, clearheaded, quick, sharp, witty, ready, calcuLating, rational, thoughtful, comprehending, listening to reason, discerning, having one's wits about one, having it in one, discriminating, knowing, intellectual, on the qui vive, sagacious, studious, contemplative, having a head on one's shoulders, talented, apt, deep, sage, wise, shrewd, brainy*, smart as a whip*, all there*, on the ball*, on the beam*, not born yesterday*, nobody's fool*, crazy like a fox*; see also clever 1 , judicious .
Ant. dull*, slow-witted, stupid.
2. [ Said of conduct ]
Syn. sensible, farsighted, rational; see sense 1; judicious .
Syn.- intelligent implies the ability to learn or understand from experience or to respond successfully to a New experience; clever implies quickness in learning or understanding, but sometimes connotes a lack of thoroughness or depth; alert emphasizes quickness in sizing up a situation; bright and smart are somewhat informal, less precise equivalents for any of the preceding; brilliant implies an unusually high degree of intelligence; intellectual suggests keen intelligence coupled with interest and ability in the more advanced fields of knowledge
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
smart, intellectual, *brainy, brilliant, bright, wise, astute, clever, sharp, knowledgeable, ingenious, perceptive, witty, resourceful, creative, quick, sagacious, *having a good head on one's shoulders, sensible.
ANT.: stupid, moronic, dense, ignorant
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having or showing intelligence, often of a high order: brilliant, intellectual, knowing, knowledgeable. Informal: brainy. See ABILITY. 2. Mentally quick and original: alert, bright, clever, keen1, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart. Idiom: smart as a whip. See ABILITY. 3. Consistent with reason and intellect: consequent, logical, rational, reasonable. See REASON.

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