V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. involving the brain or intellect; 2. pertaining to the brain, particularly the cerebrum

Synonyms: intellectual, mental, cognitive

Antonyms: emotional

Tips: When cerebral means "intellectual," it usually implies that this is in direct contrast with the emotional. He is more cerebral (of the mind and reason) while she is more emotional (driven more by emotions than reason). Cerebral is synonymous with cognitive (able to reduce to fact and logic). Cerebral should be used to describe people who are driven by their intelligence and their mind, while cognitive should be used to describe the logic and reasoning of a person who is cerebral.

Usage Examples:

It was a cerebral book; factual, rational, and unemotional. (intellectual)

His main interest is in studying the cerebral effects of the treatment. (mental)

You'll need to make a cerebral judgment on this issue and keep your emotions out of it. (intellectual, cognitive)

Allowing his emotional side to surface seems too painful, so he prefers to remain cold and cerebral. (intellectual, unemotional)

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