ac·​a·​dem·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌa-kə-ˈde-mi-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce academically (audio) \

Definition of academically

: in an academic way: such as
a : 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
b : 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
c : 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 Students across the country are falling behind academically without in-person education. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Biden poised to pick Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Education secretary, reports say," 22 Dec. 2020 Educators said immunizing school employees early is a moral imperative because millions of children are struggling to learn at home and falling behind academically, as well as in their social and emotional development. Dustin Gardiner,, "California teachers push to be near front of COVID vaccine line," 14 Dec. 2020 Board member Mark Dosen said that even one week away from in-person learning will make a difference for pupils, especially those in elementary school, who are struggling academically. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools will gradually return to in-person learning in 2021," 25 Dec. 2020 But officials are asking parents of struggling students to reconsider if their kids are struggling academically. Scott Travis,, "Failed by distance learning, more students plan to return to school," 13 Dec. 2020 But the district will strongly encourage it because too many students studying online are disengaged and struggling academically, and administrators are convinced in-person schooling is safe. Leslie Postal,, "Osceola students must show decent grades, good attendance to continue online learning," 2 Dec. 2020 Off the field, Hart was struggling academically and had just learned his girlfriend was pregnant with their first child. Greg Luca,, "UTSA tackle Hart pushed through injury, position change to become steady contributor," 26 Nov. 2020 The district's data shows which students are struggling academically and have missed too many classes, and the FDCF data shows which have been victims or witnesses of child abuse. Fox News, "Florida sheriff's office keeps secret list of students it believes will 'fall into a life of crime'," 21 Nov. 2020 In the late 1980s, school choice advocates like Albert Shanker promoted charter schools as a means to reform public education in America and to replace academically struggling schools like Frantz. Connie L. Schaffer, The Conversation, "Once a symbol of desegregation, Ruby Bridges’ school now reflects another battle engulfing public education," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of academically

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2021

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“Academically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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