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What is the difference between Smart and Intelligent?

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A. Boaz

I have compassion for Automobiles and I dig the fast pace while I ride or drive.

A. BoazMechanical Engineer, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Atlanta, Georgia
Mechanical Engineer, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Atlanta, Georgia

Answered on Oct 08, 2019

Most times, people use smart and intelligent interchangeably. While there might be a link between the two words in terms of their meaning, there are some differences that can still be noticed. First, smart is like a compliment we use for people who are exhibiting a particular level of knowledge, especially about information found in books. Smart is also a word that can be used to describe someone that is exhibiting social ability and cleverness.

The word 'smart' can be used for any object that is equipped with intelligent behavior, e.g., smartphone, smart car. Also, it can be used as a compliment for someone who dresses nicely. Intelligent, on the other hand, also go with some of the explanations that have been given for 'smart,' just that It is an inborn trait. Intelligent is used to describe someone that has a high or quick cognitive capacity. Finally, intelligent is a higher compliment compared to smart.

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N. Kingsley

N. KingsleyWriter, Columbus
Writer, Columbus

Answered on Sep 10, 2019

There is a difference between the meaning and application of these two particular words. Smart can be applied to academic inferences, such as making a smart business or emotional decision. Smart is an earned status, because when we study and learn, we become smarter, and this is what is called book smart. Intelligence is something with which you were born.

Your IQ is a measure of your intelligence, and it doesn't vary because it is a measure of your ability to learn. This measure can apply to terms we associate with intelligence, like math, or it may apply to your ability to navigate through emotional issues. It is inherent, which means it is a product of your genetic make-up. It is an even higher compliment to tell someone they are intelligent, as opposed to smart.

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C. Wasek

Love to do some charity work. Have a passion for writing and do it in my spare time

C. WasekPhilanthropist, Post Graduate, Corpus Christi
Philanthropist, Post Graduate, Corpus Christi

Answered on Aug 22, 2019

If you have ever gotten an A+ on a test, you may feel that you are smart. You actually may be very smart in that field. It could be science, math, history or a language. You are smart because you acquired this knowledge through learning. Whenever you learn something and you know it well, you are considered smart. However, intelligence is something that really can’t be learned because you are born with your intelligence.

If you make a good business decision or invest in something that makes a lot of money, you are smart. If you are sarcastic, then you may be smart, but not intelligent. There are other unique ways for people to become and show how smart they are.

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