Definitions of intellection
  1. noun
    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
    synonyms: cerebration, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process
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    a thought process in which ideas (words or images) suggest other ideas in a sequence
    construction, mental synthesis
    the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought
    abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
    thinking that is coherent and logical
    line of thought
    a particular way of thinking that is characteristic of some individual or group
    thread, train of thought
    the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together
    obscure or irrational thought
    the process of forming and relating ideas
    the process of giving careful thought to something
    thinking something out with care in order to achieve complete understanding of it
    thought that makes something comprehensible
    planning, preparation, provision
    the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening
    problem solving
    the thought processes involved in solving a problem
    convergent thinking
    thinking that brings together information focussed on solving a problem (especially solving problems that have a single correct solution)
    divergent thinking, out-of-the-box thinking
    thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
    interpretation, interpreting, rendering, rendition
    an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
    a mental synthesis that becomes fixed or concrete by a process resembling crystal formation
    the conception and development of an idea or plan
    analysis, analytic thinking
    the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
    argument, argumentation, line, line of reasoning, logical argument
    a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
    reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
    deduction, deductive reasoning, synthesis
    reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
    illation, inference
    the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
    anticipation, prediction, prevision
    the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
    logical and methodical reasoning
    reasoning backward, regress
    the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence
    synthesis, synthetic thinking
    the combination of ideas into a complex whole
    advisement, deliberation, weighing
    careful consideration
    a systematic consideration
    contemplation, musing, reflection, reflexion, rumination, thoughtfulness
    a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
    principle, rationale
    (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
    something crucial for explaining
    rationalisation, rationalization
    the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
    agreement, arrangement
    the thing arranged or agreed to
    the planning that is disrupted when someone `upsets the applecart'
    malice aforethought, mens rea
    (law) criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind a wrongful act (including knowledge that the act is illegal); often at issue in murder trials
    calculation, deliberation
    planning something carefully and intentionally
    forethought, premeditation
    planning or plotting in advance of acting
    enquiry, inquiry, research
    a search for knowledge
    calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning
    problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
    a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena
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    higher cognitive process
    cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
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