schol·​ar·​ly | \ ˈskä-lər-lē How to pronounce scholarly (audio) \

Definition of scholarly

: of, characteristic of, or suitable to learned persons : learned, academic

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Examples of scholarly in a Sentence

His writings have been recently given scholarly attention. She has a scholarly interest in music. a scholarly study of words and their origins
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Recent Examples on the Web Its focus is scholarly, separately documenting creators who, as one redemptive credit to Soviet social reform of the time, include a great many women. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "What Are Artists For?," 21 Dec. 2020 With the 150th anniversary of the 1871 conflagration approaching, Northwestern University’s Carl Smith has written a scholarly yet highly readable book that captures the immediacy of the calamity and puts it in an illuminating historical context. Blair Kamin,, "Column: From the Great Fire to modernist houses to Jeanne Gang, a rich array of design books for the holidays," 10 Dec. 2020 My scholarly analysis of Title IX and the previous decade of equity practices at the U was recently published by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Gender Policy Report. Elizabeth Sharrow, Star Tribune, "Pitting men's and women's sports against each other at the U is wrong," 8 Dec. 2020 Though frequently cast as independent, scholarly sources of expertise, many think tanks are backed by the same businesses and foreign governments that hire Capitol Hill influence peddlers. Author: Yeganeh Torbati, Beth Reinhard, Anchorage Daily News, "Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick for budget chief, runs a think tank backed by corporate and foreign interests," 6 Dec. 2020 As a scholarly term of art, body politic went mainstream at a time when civic equality trumped entrenched power imbalances. Jorge González-gallarza Hernández, National Review, "David Goodhart, Up from the Cognitive Meritocracy," 6 Dec. 2020 In 1810 it was used about 10 times more frequently than either i.e. or e.g., appearing not just in scholarly treatises and legal briefs but in personal letters and diaries. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tips on how to become a ‘viz.’ whiz," 3 Dec. 2020 Overall, that analysis—by the Clarivate analytics firm based on its Web of Science database—found that only 6% of all scholarly papers published in 2017 received support from Plan S funders. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "For €9500, Nature journals will now make your paper free to read," 24 Nov. 2020 A year ago, my daily reading was largely determined by what curators considered to be important and relevant, catalogue essays and scholarly articles related to upcoming exhibitions. Washington Post, "Transformed by crisis, arts criticism may never be the same. And that’s a good thing.," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of scholarly

1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Scholarly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scholarly

: concerned with or relating to formal study or research
: having the characteristics of a scholar


schol·​ar·​ly | \ ˈskä-lər-lē How to pronounce scholarly (audio) \

Kids Definition of scholarly

: like that of or suitable to learned persons

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