(counter-)intelligence, intellect(ual(ise)), intellectualism, intellectually, intelligently, (un)intelligent, intelligentsia, intelligibility, (un)intelligible, (un)intelligibly


  • Early 16th century: from Latin intelligent- ‘understanding’, from the verb intelligere, variant of intellegere ‘understand’, from inter ‘between’ + legere ‘choose’.
  • Legere ‘choose’ is also the source of many English words such as allegiance, collect, dialect, dialogue, elect, elegant, eligible, elite, league, lecture, legend, legible, legion, legume, lexis, neglect, negligent, select, etc. and their derivatives. You can find all of their basic derivatives in Cornucopia Word Formation Alpha Collection 1.

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