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used in Outliers

2 meanings, 14 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
intellectual stimulation
related to intelligence — such as requiring, appealing to, or possessing intelligence
  • It means that if you take two intellectually equivalent fourth graders with birthdays at opposite ends of the cutoff date, the older student could score in the eightieth percentile, while the younger one could score in the sixty-eighth percentile.
    Chapter 1 (70% in)

There are no more uses of "intellectual" flagged with this meaning in Outliers.

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2  —2 uses as in:
She is an intellectual.
a highly educated person interested in learning and exploring ideas — sometimes while ignoring practical considerations
  • The deciding factor in how they reacted wasn't how emotionally secure they were, or whether they were intellectuals or jocks, or whether they were physically imposing or not.
    Chapter 6 (76% in)
  • For that matter, it is not all that different from the way the world of classical music picks its future virtuosos, or the way the world of ballet picks its future ballerinas, or the way our elite educational system picks its future scientists and intellectuals.
    Chapter 1 (11% in)

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?  —11 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • * The conventional explanation for Jewish success, of course, is that Jews come from a literate, intellectual culture.
    Chapter 5 (90% in)
  • That is not to say that there are not real differences between the intellectual capabilities represented by IQs of 115 and 150 or even between IQs of 150 and 180.
    Chapter 3 (49% in)
  • He fell in love with the fact that his Termites were at the absolute pinnacle of the intellectual scale, at the ninety-ninth percentile of the ninety-ninth percentile, without realizing how little that seemingly extraordinary fact meant.
    Chapter 3 (93% in)
  • He should have gotten a PhD; universities are institutions structured, in large part, for people with his kind of deep intellectual interests and curiosity.
    Chapter 4 (16% in)
  • An institution like that is a great source of intellectual energy, and if I were at a place like that, I could absorb the vibration in the air.
    Chapter 4 (20% in)
  • Here he was, a man with an insatiable appetite for learning, forced for most of his adult life to live in intellectual isolation.
    Chapter 4 (21% in)
  • "I even noticed that kind of intellectual energy in the year and a half I was in college," he said, almost wistfully.
    Chapter 4 (21% in)
  • Some people just don't have the intellectual firepower to be mathematicians.'
    Chapter 4 (41% in)
  • Maurice, however, was the family intellectual, the only one to go to college.
    Chapter 5 (32% in)
  • And their critical advantage in climbing the professional ladder wasn't the intellectual rigor you get from studying the Talmud.
    Chapter 5 (90% in)
  • Flynn's argument was outlined in his book Asian Americans: Achievement Beyond IQ ( 1 9 9 1 ) . surprising effects of such things as power distance and numbers that can be said in a quarter as opposed to a third of a second, it's hard not to wonder how many other cultural legacies have an impact on our twenty-first-century intellectual tasks.
    Chapter 8 (34% in)

There are no more uses of "intellectual" in Outliers.

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