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, parents, supervising teachers and staffers are expected to ensure the student is progressing not only academically, but also socially. Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 The family was poor, but after his mother moved to Johannesburg to work as a cook at a school for the blind, Tutu began to excel academically, also cultivating his burgeoning fascination with Christianity and becoming a keen rugby player. Liam Hess, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2021 Givens said the mission of Starfish Initiative is to inspire, encourage and prepare academically promising high school students faced with unearned adversity for college and career success. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Dec. 2021 Together Dunn says the programs can transform communities by fighting poverty and hunger and improving families' quality of life academically, socially and economically. Lauren Lee, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 In one study, students rank teachers of color higher than white teachers on multiple measures, including feeling cared for and academically challenged. NBC News, 20 Dec. 2021 Some students have fallen behind academically, for a constellation of reasons, including insufficient adult supervision during remote learning, unreliable Wi-Fi, and chaotic home environments. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 Now, some faculty believe those cuts have helped bankroll lavish spending on athletics and construction projects and could hurt the school academically. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 14 Dec. 2021 Research also indicates students who remain in public schools where choice programs exist improve academically. Martin F. Lueken, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of academically

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jan 2022

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“Academically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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