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academic

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of academic

  1. 1 of or relating to schooling or learning especially at an advanced level <“If you spent more time in academic pursuits and less time in social ones, you could easily make good grades,” the dean told Valerie> Synonyms educational, intellectual, scholarly, scholastic Related Words bookish, donnish, geeky, nerdish, nerdy, pedagogical (also pedagogic), pedantic, professorial, tweedy; curricular; educative, instructive; collegiate, graduate, postgraduate Near Antonyms cocurricular, extracurricular; noncollegiate Antonyms nonacademic, noneducational, unacademic, unscholarly

  2. 2 very learned or educated but inexperienced in practical matters <academic thinkers who have no understanding of realpolitik> Synonyms ivory-tower, ivory-towered, ivory-towerish Related Words cerebral, eggheaded, highbrow, intellectual Near Antonyms astute, canny, clear-sighted, hardheaded, hard-nosed, knowing, sharp, sharp-witted, shrewd, tough-minded

  3. 3 existing only as an assumption or speculation <your arguments are merely academic—such a worst-case scenario is unlikely to ever occur> Synonyms theoretical (also academical), conjectural, hypothetical, speculative, suppositionalRelated Words alleged, assumed, presumed, presupposed, proposed, supposed, unproved, unproven, untested; debatable, moot; abstract, conceptual, intellectual, metaphysical; nonclinical, nonpractical; nonempiricalNear Antonyms clinical, practical; concrete, defined, definite, distinct; attested, authenticated, confirmed, demonstrated, established, proven, substantiated, tested, time-tested, validated, verified; empirical (also empiric), nonspeculative, nontheoretical, observationalAntonyms actual, factual, real



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