What does "which" refer to in the following sentence?

The final jurisdiction over what an intellectual is resides in culture, which becomes almost coterminous with a singular public opinion.(https://dictionary.cambridge.org/ja/dictionary/english/coterminous)

I think it refers to an intellectual, but I'm not sure.

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    An intellectual refers to a person, so it would have to be who. I think it must refer to culture. Sep 27 at 7:41
  • which could refer to the fact that culture is 'where' the determination is made. What is culture? "a singular public opinion", sorta.
    – TimR
    Sep 27 at 12:02
  • Thanks for your helpful comment. I actually lacked a basic knowledge that an intellectual refers to a person, but my excuse is that "comma which" confused me. And now I understand what "which" refers to, still the meaning of the sentence will take a while to sink in for an English learner like me, but anyway I really appreciate your kindness, Kate.
    – yatterman
    Sep 27 at 12:02
  • It's is not a lucid sentence.
    – TimR
    Sep 27 at 12:03
  • @yatterman If you want someone to be notified of your comment to them, put @ before their handle. There's automatic name completion when you do this, so type @t<tab>.
    – Barmar
    Sep 27 at 23:13


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