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a. capable of being apprehended by the mind or intellect alone
b. (in metaphysical systems such as those of Plato or Kant) denoting that metaphysical realm which is accessible to the intellect as opposed to the world of mere phenomena accessible to the senses
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a philosophical term denoting an object or phenomenon comprehended only through reason or intellectual intuition. The sensible, that is, that which is comprehended by means of the senses, is the opposite of the intelligible. The concept of intelligible is widely used in Scholasticism and in the philosophy of I. Kant.

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