One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Beyond the range of intelligence; that is above human intelligence or understanding. Now rare.
2Having greater than normal intelligence; very or highly intelligent.
3Designating a machine (especially a computer or robot) capable of exhibiting or simulating highly intelligent behaviour.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Penn (1644–1718), Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania. From super- + intelligent.
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