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Difference Between Intelligence and Intellect

Intellect and intelligence are interrelated. Intellect, as a matter of fact, has been for long considered as a branch of intelligence. This makes most people use the two words interchangeably.

However, it is apparent the two words refer to different traits. A clear distinction can be drawn between the two terms based on several aspects.


Meaning of Intelligence

Intelligence is a term used to refer to an individual’s ability to acquire and then apply skills and knowledge.

Qualities of an Intelligent Person

An intelligent person:

  • Is enticed with deep talks.
  • Is curious
  • Is open-minded.
  • Is sometimes a loner.
  • Is usually disorganized.


Meaning of Intellect

Intellect is defined as the faculty of understanding and reasoning objectively, especially regarding abstract matters.

Qualities of an Intellectual

An intellectual person:

  • Thinks based on reasoning.
  • Looks for facts.
  • Takes calculated risks.


Differences Between Intelligence and Intellect

  1. Meaning

Intelligence is an individual’s ability to acquire skills and knowledge and apply them while intellect is the faculty of objectively understanding and reasoning abstract matters.

  1. Form

Intelligence is the mental ability to compute materials while intellect is the mental capacity for materials.

  1. Acquisition

Intelligence is knowledge-based and encompasses all mental processes outside logic while intellect is inborn.

  1. Design

Intellect is objective in that it does not require exploration, judgment, or redundancy. On the other hand, intelligence is subjective.  In short, it’s a canvas to which individuals bring their intellectual, mental, and personal backlogs.

Intelligence Vs. Intellect: Comparison Table


Summary of Intelligence Vs. Intellect

The push and pull existing between intelligence and intellect are natural. Many a time are when we find our gut instincts were right even when the situation suggests otherwise. That would be a clear difference between the application and design of intelligence and intellect.


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  1. I am expressing my gratitude for sharing the systematic differences between the often crucial terms. Thank you so much for your helpful postings. Please keep it up. God bless you.

  2. I believe you mixed up the acquisition and design of intelligence and intellect. Because intelligence is the one that people are born with, not intellect. Intellect is knowledge-based, intelligence is the ability to adapt to changes (so that one is inborn).

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