non·​ac·​a·​dem·​ic ˌnän-ˌa-kə-ˈde-mik How to pronounce nonacademic (audio)
: not relating to a school or formal education : not academic
a nonacademic job
nonacademic achievements
enjoying some nonacademic summer reading
nonacademic noun
In addition to journalists and photographers … many other nonacademics had flocked to this pair of lectures. Carl Djerassi

Examples of nonacademic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remote online learning also limited or curtailed student opportunities for socialization and nonacademic activities, the report said, causing many students to become disengaged or drop out of school. Natasha Singer, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 The nonacademic industries most likely to hire PhDs? Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2023 Students from private schools were given higher nonacademic ratings for factors like glowing recommendations, compelling essays and personal statements. Theara Coleman, The Week, 2 Aug. 2023 The colleges in the study generally give applicants numerical scores for academic achievement and for more subjective nonacademic virtues, like extracurricular activities, volunteering and personality traits. Aatish Bhatia, New York Times, 24 July 2023 The study determined multiple factors drove the advantage: preference for legacy admissions, weight placed on nonacademic credentials, and athletic recruitment. Mitchell McCluskey, CNN, 24 July 2023 Establishing a museum also requires establishing a reputation, which can be tough for a nonacademic researcher. Asher Elbein Nina Riggio, New York Times, 17 July 2023 The question also covers nonacademic factors, including extracurricular activities, race/ethnicity and alumni-applicant relationships. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, 16 July 2023 Student workers in nonacademic positions — many of them undergraduates — have increasingly sought to unionize at campuses across the country. Debbie Truong, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonacademic was in 1873

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“Nonacademic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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