academic

adjective
ac·​a·​dem·​ic | \ ˌa-kə-ˈde-mik How to pronounce academic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly academical \ ˌa-​kə-​ˈde-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce academical (audio) \

Definition of academic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or associated with an academy or school especially of higher learning the academic curriculum academic courses
b : of or relating to performance in courses of study academic excellence academic achievements
c : very learned but inexperienced in practical matters academic thinkers
d : based on formal study especially at an institution of higher learning her academic qualifications
2 : of or relating to literary or artistic rather than technical or professional studies a region that has both academic and vocational high schools
3a : theoretical, speculative a purely academic question
b : having no practical or useful significance
4 : conforming to the traditions or rules of a school (as of literature or art) or an official academy : conventional academic painting

academic

noun

Definition of academic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a member (such as a professor) of an institution of learning (such as a university) Both of her parents are academics.
b : a person who is academic in background, outlook, or methods
2 academics plural, chiefly US : academic subjects : courses of study taken at a school or college He has no interest in academics.

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Other Words from academic

Adjective

academically \ ˌa-​kə-​ˈde-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce academically (audio) \ adverb
an academically gifted student

Synonyms & Antonyms for academic

Synonyms: Adjective

educational, intellectual, scholarly, scholastic

Antonyms: Adjective

nonacademic, noneducational, unacademic, unscholarly

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Examples of academic in a Sentence

Adjective

She received awards for her academic achievements. I spent my academic career at one school. The board set tough academic standards for graduation. He was offered a teaching job and decided to return to academic life. His interest in sailing is purely academic. He's not a sailor himself. He's not very academic, but he's good with his hands.

Noun

The book appeals to academics and to the general public. He only cares about sports. He has no interest in academics.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the past, Pennsylvania’s primary election was largely academic. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Surprise? Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary could be competitive," 25 Mar. 2019 In academic journals, galleries of paleoart, and even the now-25-year-old Jurassic Park franchise, T. rex has come to represent the ultimate epitome of dinosaurness. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How We Elected T. rex to be Our Tyrant Lizard King," 21 June 2018 IBM Q Network is working with 45 clients, including startups, academic institutions and Fortune 500 clients. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery," 25 Feb. 2019 This means that female faculty members are able to encourage others to follow in their footsteps and enter higher education, and that more women become part of the decision-making process in academic institutions. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's First Royal Tour Speech Was an Emotional Call for Female Empowerment," 24 Oct. 2018 While the team updates population estimates annually, sometimes U.S. government sponsors, humanitarian organizations, or academic researchers will request more frequent estimates for a specific region. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 The effort culminated with a letter signed by The Hartford, Travelers, United Technologies Corp., Cigna, Hartford Healthcare and Stanley Black & Decker touting the benefits of Connecticut’s economic climate and its academic institutions. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Arrival of Infosys and Seven Stars Raises Hopes For Financial Tech Future Of Hartford Region," 8 July 2018 From Maine to Connecticut, from the rolling Berkshires to the rocky Atlantic coastline, the region is rich with grand art palaces, academic institutions and idiosyncratic, history-asserting museums, too. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 Because programs like Lambda School and Pathrise aren’t accredited academic institutions and don’t have to adhere to external standards, some educators and policy analysts are nervous that businesses might take advantage of students. Lindsay Gellman, The Atlantic, "Code Now. Pay Tuition Later.," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Max Eden writing for City Journal, April 5: This weekend, more than 14,000 academics will gather in Toronto to share their research for the American Education Research Association’s annual conference. . . . WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: ‘Beckys’," 5 Apr. 2019 To be sure, Cairo society, international art dealers, collectors, and academics from Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East are here. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 Nichols acknowledges that experts span a broad range of professions, from academics to plumbers and auto mechanics. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts," 21 Oct. 2018 There’s a debate among academics about which methodology makes more sense. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Why no one really knows how many jobs automation will replace," 20 Oct. 2018 As Vox’s German Lopez reported last year: There have been multiple investigations — by academics, journalists, and nonpartisan think tanks — into voter fraud. Dylan Scott, Vox, "There’s election fraud in North Carolina. That’s not the same thing as voter fraud.," 11 Dec. 2018 This upset Japanese firms, which were not accustomed to dealing with uppity young academics. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Junichi Nishizawa, Japan’s ‘Mr. Semiconductor,’ Rivaled U.S. Scientists," 2 Nov. 2018 That’s unhelpful for many academics whose studies have longer time frames. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How WhatsApp is undermining Facebook’s war on election interference," 19 Oct. 2018 Now, as artificial intelligence takes center stage at leading tech companies, paying big dollars for academics is common. New York Times, "Silicon Valley’s Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of academic

Adjective

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for academic

Adjective

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French achademique, academique, borrowed from Latin Acadēmicus "of the school of Plato," borrowed from Greek Akadēmeikós, Akadēmaikós, from Akadḗmeia, a place where Plato taught + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at academy

Noun

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French academique, borrowed from Latin Acadēmicus, noun derivative of Acadēmicus, adjective — more at academic entry 1

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academic

adjective
ac·​a·​dem·​ic | \ ˌa-kə-ˈde-mik How to pronounce academic (audio) \

Kids Definition of academic

1 : of or relating to schools and education
2 : having no practical importance Your question of whether it's better to fly or drive is purely academic since we're not going anywhere.

Other Words from academic

academically \ -​mi-​kə-​lē \ adverb How is she doing academically?

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