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 Throughout the year, Campos praised Wilson’s ability to connect with UTSA’s student-athletes, spurring their development personally and academically. Greg Luca,, "UTSA Roadrunners players, commits react to Wilson’s departure," 2 Dec. 2019 Off the field, Velasquez didn’t realize nine of his players weren’t keeping up academically and were ruled ineligible for the rest of the season, including five starters. Mitch Stephens,, "High school football: Lincoln faces stiff test in Balboa," 26 Nov. 2019 Incoming freshman Trustin Oliver didn’t qualify academically and is going to a junior college this fall. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "Colorado Buffaloes football projected roster 2019," 15 July 2019 Two recruits failed to qualify academically and two others are on the academic bubble. Mike Bianchi,, "Dan Mullen cards first hole-in-one, but now he needs to beat Miami and ace Year 2 at UF | Commentary," 15 July 2019 Benefits for parents include creating a more accurate picture of where their child stands academically and what their needs are. Lisa Cisneros,, "No more A’s on report cards: Elmwood Park schools pilot new grading system," 20 Oct. 2019 And many kids face new schools and a new set of rules for how to act, both socially and academically. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Why Is Middle School So Hard for So Many People?," 7 Oct. 2019 First, the exercises convey that all students experience some difficulty, both socially and academically, at the beginning of middle school. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "These Academics Spent $1.35 To Make Middle School Less Awful. Here's How.," 30 July 2019 But he was ruled academically ineligible and was eventually cleared later in the season but ended up serving three suspensions at Texas and never played a down for the Longhorns. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Former Arizona Cardinals player Desmond Harrison turns himself in to police after charges," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of academically

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Academically.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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