ac·​a·​dem·​i·​cal·​ly ˌa-kə-ˈde-mi-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce academically (audio)
: in an academic way: such as
: with regard to formal studies or academics
doing well academically
academically advanced students
And it has made them more appealing to colleges, which have grown more welcoming as they find that homeschoolers do fine academically.Linda Perlstein
… fans and coaches at academically elite institutions would say that, yes, they were handicapped by stricter admissions policies, but in the long run, brains win out over brawn.Mark Bechtel
: in a theoretical or speculative way without practical application
That scheme for bottling beer is interesting—but only academically. Down here, we don't bottle it, but drink it.H. L. Mencken
: in a way that conforms to the tradition or rules of a school (as of literature or art)
The big problems arise with his paintings as artworks. His audacity with the brush is vitiated by academically fussy composition.Peter Schjeldahl

Examples of academically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film follows the increasingly strained relationships between Rikako, who resents being shipped off from bustling Tokyo to the much smaller city of Kōchi following her parents' divorce, and her new classmates, well-meaning but academically struggling Taku and class leader Yutaka. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 By almost any measure, more teenagers from the top half are qualified to attend these colleges and prepared to thrive academically. David Leonhardt, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 The trend is worrying advocates who say the city’s methods for catching students up academically — including small-group tutoring and after-school enrichment programs — are not working fast enough. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 The latest snapshot of how Michigan public schools are doing academically shows that while students have improved in the pandemic's wake, there is still recovery left to accomplish in the classroom. Detroit Free Press, 31 Aug. 2023 Our students are challenged academically in a way that applies to all learners. John Benson, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2023 Additionally, the report found that students performed better academically once smartphones were removed from schools. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 5 Sep. 2023 This has an impact socially and academically, where girls begin shying away from STEM classes in high school. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 On its surface Simmons’s memoir reads like a coming-of-age tale of remarkable success despite the author’s humble beginnings, a victory lap for a woman who’s achieved far more, academically and professionally, than many women of her generation. Stacia L. Brown, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of academically was circa 1626

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“Academically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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