schol·​ar·​ly | \ˈskä-lər-lē \

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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If Yale’s popular course on happiness is a scholarly way to the good life, Thacker’s might be the opposite. Betsy Morais, The New Yorker, "Scholarly Advice for Dark Times," 10 Oct. 2011 My scholarly and athletic accomplishments went largely ignored, while my failures drew Mum’s abuse. Laura Zera, New York Times, "No One Helped My Mentally Ill Mother, or Me," 22 June 2018 Those payments were disclosed in scholarly journals but not by FDA. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Her work related to these subjects has been published in scholarly journals, including the Columbia, Virginia, and Texas Law Reviews. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "What we know about Trump Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett," 28 June 2018 One caveat: Wikimedia's study was only able to track sources that had identifiers, meaning a DOI number for scholarly papers or an ISBN number for book editions. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The Most-Cited Authors on Wikipedia Had No Idea," 1 May 2018 The rest comes from crowd-funding and a platform on which academics can publish scholarly papers. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Over the last decade, Russian academics and activists have built free, remarkably comprehensive online archives of scholarly works. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Americans and the Holocaust United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Through 2021 The scholarly literature is immense and still growing. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Americans and the Holocaust’ Review: What We Could Have Done," 30 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of scholarly

: like that of or suitable to learned persons

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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