I is for Intellect, Intention, Imagination and Intuition


1. A course of action that one intends to follow.

a. An aim that guides action; an objective.
b. intentions Purpose with respect to marriage: honorable intentions.
3. Medicine The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
4. Archaic Import; meaning.

[Middle English entencioun, from Old French intention, from Latin intenti, intentin-, from intentus, intent, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.]
Synonyms: intention, intent, purpose, goal, end, aim, object, objective
These nouns refer to what one plans to do or achieve. Intention simply signifies a course of action that one proposes to follow: It is my intention to take a vacation next month.
Intent more strongly implies deliberateness: The executor complied with the testator’s intent.
Purpose strengthens the idea of resolution or determination: “His purpose was to discover how long these guests intended to stay” (Joseph Conrad).
Goal may suggest an idealistic or long-term purpose: The college’s goal was to raise ten million dollars for a new library.
End suggests a long-range goal: The candidate wanted to win and pursued every means to achieve that end.
Aim stresses the direction one’s efforts take in pursuit of an end: The aim of most students is to graduate.
An object is an end that one tries to carry out: The object of chess is to capture your opponent’s king.
Objective often implies that the end or goal can be reached: The report outlines the committee’s objectives.
1. a purpose or goal; aim it is his intention to reform
2. (Law) Law the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
3. (Medicine) Med a natural healing process, as by first intention, in which the edges of a wound cling together with no tissue between, or by second intention, in which the wound edges adhere with granulation tissue
4. (usually plural) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
5. an archaic word for meaning, intentness



Imagination, also called the faculty of imagining, is the ability of forming images and sensations when they are not perceived through sight, hearing, or other senses. Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental faculty through which people make sense of the world,[1][2][3] and it also plays a key role in the learning process.[1][4] A basic training for imagination is listening to storytelling (narrative),[1][5] in which the exactness of the chosen words is the fundamental factor to “evoke worlds.”[6] It is a whole cycle of image formation or any sensation which may be described as “hidden” as it takes place without anyone else’s knowledge.The research has suggested that about 60% of people are imaginative. A person may imagine according to his mood, it may be good or bad depending on the situation. Some people imagine in a state of tension or gloominess in order to calm themselves. It is accepted as the innate ability and process of inventing partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world.[citation needed] The term is technically used in psychology for the process of reviving in the mind, percepts of objects formerly given in sense perception. Since this use of the term conflicts with that of ordinary language, some psychologists have preferred to describe this process as “imaging” or “imagery” or to speak of it as “reproductive” as opposed to “productive” or “constructive” imagination. Imagined images are seen with the “mind’s eye.”

Imagination can also be expressed through stories such as fairy tales or fantasies. Most famous inventions or entertainment products were developed from the inspiration of someone’s imagination.

Children often use narratives or pretend play in order to exercise their imagination. When children develop fantasy they play at two levels: first, they use role playing to act out what they have developed with their imagination, and at the second level they play again with their make-believe situation by acting as if what they have developed is an actual reality that already exists in narrative myth.[7]



See also: Insight

Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason.[1] “The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word ‘intueri’, which is often roughly translated as meaning ‘to look inside’’ or ‘to contemplate’.”[2] Intuition provides us with beliefs that we cannot necessarily justify. For this reason, it has been the subject of study in psychology, as well as a topic of interest in the supernatural. The “right brain” is popularly associated with intuitive processes such as aesthetic abilities.[3][4][5] Some scientists have contended that intuition is associated with innovation in scientific discovery.[6] Intuition is also a common subject of New Age writings.[7]

I = Intellect, Intelligence, and Intuition.

And Intelligence


in·tel·li·gence (ĭn-tĕlʹə-jəns) noun
Abbr. int., I

1.     a. The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge. b. The faculty of thought and reason. c. Superior powers of mind. See synonyms at mind.

2.     a. Theology. An intelligent, incorporeal being, especially an angel. b. Intelligence Christian Science. The primal, eternal quality of God.

3.     Information; news. See synonyms at news.

4.     a. Secret information, especially about an actual or potential enemy. b. An agency, a staff, or an office employed in gathering such information. c. Espionage agents, organizations, and activities considered as a group: “Intelligence is nothing if not an institutionalized black market in perishable commodities” (John le Carré).

intelligence (noun)

intelligence, thinking power, powers of thought, brainpower, intellectualism, intellect
brains, good brains, brain, brainpan, gray matter, head, noggin, headpiece, upper story, upstairs, noodle
nous, wit, mother wit, commonsense
lights, understanding, sense, good sense, horse sense, savvy, gumption, knowhow
wits, sharp wits, ready wit, quick thinking, quickness, readiness, esprit
ability, capacity, mental capacity, mental grasp
caliber, mental caliber, intelligence quotient, IQ
high IQ, full deck, forwardness, brightness
braininess, cleverness, aptitude
mental gifts, giftedness, the gifted, brilliance, talent, genius
ideas, inspiration, sheer inspiration, intuition
brainwave, bright idea, idea

Other Forms
head: brain, gray matter, intelligence
intellect: mental capacity, brains, wits, senses, sense, gray matter, IQ, intelligence quotient, intelligence
secret service: secret service, espionage, counter-espionage, spying, intelligence, CIA, KGB
discrimination: insight, perception, acumen, flair, intelligence
information: piece of information, tidbit, word, report, intelligence, item of news, news
news: intelligence, report, dispatch, word, intimation, advice
wit: sparkle, scintillation, brightness, intelligence
latency: clandestineness, secret society, cabal, intelligence, counterintelligence, intrigue, plot


intelligence (in-tel’ə-jəns) noun

1.     The ability of hardware to process information. A device without intelligence is said to be dumb; for example, a dumb terminal connected to a computer can receive input and display output but cannot process information independently.

2.     The ability of a program to monitor its environment and initiate appropriate actions to achieve a desired state. For example, a program waiting for data to be read from disk might switch to another task in the meantime.

3.     The ability of a program to simulate human thought.  See also artificial intelligence.

4.     The ability of a machine such as a robot to respond appropriately to changing stimuli (input).



Intelligence, ability to learn or to understand. In psychology, intelligence is somewhat narrowly defined as the ability to acquire knowledge or understanding and to use it in new situations. Psychologists believe that intelligence measured in testing or laboratory situations is also significant in everyday life, as people analyze or take in new sensory and mental data in order to direct their actions toward desired goals. Psychologists still differ, however, as to a precise definition of the scope and functions of intelligence.

IQ (noun)

intellect: mental capacity, brains, wits, senses, sense, gray matter, IQ, intelligence quotient, intelligence
intelligence: caliber, mental caliber, intelligence quotient, IQ

in·tel·lect (ĭnʹtl-ĕkt´) noun

1.     a. The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding. b. The ability to think abstractly or profoundly. See synonyms at mind.

2.     A person of great intellectual ability.

[Middle English, from Old French intellecte, from Latin intellēctus, perception from past participle of intellegere, to perceive. See intelligent.]

intellect (noun)

intellect, mind, psyche, mentality
affect, affections
conation, will
understanding, intellection, conception
thinking principle, powers of thought, intellectual faculty, cogitative faculty
rationality, reasoning power
reason, discursive reason, association of ideas, reasoning
philosophy, thought
awareness, sense, consciousness, self-consciousness, stream of consciousness, attention
cognition, perception, apperception, percipience, insight
extrasensory perception, ESP, instinct, sixth sense, intuition
flair, judgment, discrimination
intellectualism, intellectuality
mental capacity, brains, wits, senses, sense, gray matter, IQ, intelligence quotient, intelligence
great intellect, genius
mental evolution, psychogenesis
seat of thought, organ of thought, brain, cerebrum, cerebellum, cortex, head
electroencephalogram, EEG, brain scan
alpha waves
sensorium, feeling
healthy mind, sanity
diseased mind, personality disorder
mind over matter, occultism

Other Forms
thought: intellectual exercise, mental exercise, mental action, mentation, cogitation, intellect
idea: conception, perception, apprehension, intellect
knowledge: intellection, apprehension, comprehension, perception, understanding, grasp, mastery, intellect
intelligence: intelligence, thinking power, powers of thought, brainpower, intellectualism, intellect
intention: animus, mind, intellect


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