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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The spirit of free inquiry and scholarly debate is central to academic excellence ... Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Brown U. pulls 'gender dysphoria' study, worried that findings might 'invalidate the perspectives' of transgender community," 30 Aug. 2018 Some of the first scholarly writings about IVF from Jewish experts were also negative. Washington Post, "How religion is coming to terms with modern fertility methods," 27 Apr. 2018 Martineau said, adding that his hope is that the exhibition inspires and accelerates further scholarly inquiry. Valli Herman,, "Two L.A. photo exhibitions take a deep dive into standout fashion moments of the times," 21 June 2018 Trump’s scholarly inquiry came in response to lawmakers who suggested protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and Africa as part of a bipartisan immigration deal that, judging by the Washington Post’s report, is not imminent. Josh Gohlke, San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: The color of Trump’s ignorance," 11 Jan. 2018 The scholarly work that D'Souza (and Woodward) pilloried in the early 90's has stood the test of time. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "A historian explains how mainstream conservatives made Trump," 13 Aug. 2018 This large-format book, filled with scholarly essays as well as two conversations between the artist and E.C. Krupp and Michael Govan, is illustrated with lush, full-page photographs. WSJ, "What to Give: Art Books," 15 Nov. 2018 And there were fellowships (Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, &c.), scholarly societies (American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Antiquarian Society, &c.), and honorary doctorates (Dartmouth, Yale, &c.). Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 The first scholarly attempts to explain the puzzle-piece configuration of the continents invoked the hand of God. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of scholarly

1638, in the meaning defined above

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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