People Are Sharing Subtle Signs That Someone Is Very Intelligent, And BRB As I Take Some Notes On These

I recently found this Reddit thread where u/Rich_Poem4078 asked "What are some small, understated signs that someone is actually intelligent?" and it piqued my curiosity. Many of the answers in the thread were thoughtful enough that I had to share them. Here are some of them.
Note: Some answers have been edited for length and/or clarity.
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1. “They can quickly classify and process unfamiliar things while learning them. You can easily associate them with familiar things both for yourself and when talking to others.”
—u/skotos2phos
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2. “Quick understanding of concepts they have never encountered before. When you see it, it's incredibly impressive. A friend watches a sports game for the first time and immediately notices the habits and style of each team. Someone who listens to a complicated explanation of something and quickly translates it into something meaningful. It impresses me every time I see it."
—u/WonderSabreur
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3. "Ask questions. Curiosity is the true basis of intelligence.”
—u/jpon7
4. "They are able to adjust their language without sounding patronizing towards their interlocutor. They pay attention to how other people learn and explain things in their terms.”
—u/Nhjauea
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5. "They don't go around telling other people how smart they are."
—u/BlueRFR3100
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6. "Quiet confidence in discussions and being able to discuss BOTH sides without turning it into an argument."
-u/subtxtcan
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7. "They're happy to admit when they're wrong or don't know the answer."
—u/heynickmiller
8. "You can debate without irritation. Truly intelligent people can argue well-informed, without disregarding emotion, and without offending their opponents.”
—u/Bending_toast
9. “They make sharp observations about tiny things. Shows how alert and aware they are.”
—u/SpilledCobra872
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10. "They don't sniff and question others about their own knowledge or field of work. Smart people understand that others can be smart too. It's not a competition.”
—u/gracehatesfilms
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11. "Can explain complex ideas more easily."
—u/female99
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12. "They ask few questions, but the ones they ask are very insightful."
—u/dring157
13. “Adaptability. A smart person can always think of other solutions as circumstances change.”
—u/cuddly gorillas
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14. “A combination of critical thinking skills (direct problem solving) and lateral thinking skills (thinking outside the box).
—u/Hephaestus0308
15. "They tend to think with their brains rather than their emotions."
—u/Far_Opposite2662
16. "When asked a question, they take the time to think about an answer instead of just blurting out whatever information they can remember on the subject."
—u/Rapalla93
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17. “Tactful and careful formulations
—u/SeaworthinessFirm653
18. "Excellent memory and retention and then application of it after some time."
—u/bfvbill
Do you know other signs that someone is intelligent? Tell me in the comments below!

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