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academic

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noun ac·a·dem·ic \ˌa-kə-ˈde-mik\

Simple Definition of academic

  • : a person who is a teacher in a college or university

  • academics : courses of study taken at a school or college

Full Definition of academic

  1. 1 :  a member of an institution of learning

  2. 2 :  a person who is academic in background, outlook, or methods

  3. 3 plural :  academic subjects <has no interest in academics>

Examples of academic

  1. The book appeals to academics and to the general public.

  2. He only cares about sports. He has no interest in academics.



1587

First Known Use of academic

1587

Rhymes with academic


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academic

adjective ac·a·dem·ic \-mi-kəl\

Simple Definition of academic

  • : of or relating to schools and education

  • : having no practical importance : not involving or relating to anything real or practical

  • : good at studying and at passing exams : good at academics

Full Definition of academic

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or associated with an academy or school especially of higher learning b :  of or relating to performance in academic courses <academic excellence> c :  very learned but inexperienced in practical matters <academic thinkers> d :  based on formal study especially at an institution of higher learning

  2. 2 :  of or relating to literary or artistic rather than technical or professional studies

  3. 3 a :  theoretical, speculative <an academic question> b :  having no practical or useful significance

  4. 4 :  conforming to the traditions or rules of a school (as of literature or art) or an official academy :  conventional <academic painting>

ac·a·dem·i·cal·lyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of academic

  1. She received awards for her academic achievements.

  2. I spent my academic career at one school.

  3. The board set tough academic standards for graduation.

  4. He was offered a teaching job and decided to return to academic life.

  5. His interest in sailing is purely academic. He's not a sailor himself.

  6. He's not very academic, but he's good with his hands.



1588

First Known Use of academic

1588

Variants of academic

also ac·a·dem·i·calplay play \-mi-kəl\

ACADEMIC Defined for Kids

academic

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adjective ac·a·dem·ic \ˌa-kə-ˈde-mik\

Definition of academic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to schools and education

  2. 2 :  having no practical importance <Your question of whether it's better to fly or drive is purely academic since we're not going anywhere.>

ac·a·dem·i·cal·ly \-mi-kə-lē\ adverb <How is she doing academically?>




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