un·​ac·​a·​dem·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌa-kə-ˈde-mik How to pronounce unacademic (audio) \

Definition of unacademic

: not academic: such as
a : not relating to schools and formal education unacademic pursuits
b : not having or showing an interest in or an aptitude for academic studies … secondary art schools for bright but unacademic youths …— Ray Olson

Other Words from unacademic

unacademically \ ˌən-​ˌa-​kə-​ˈde-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unacademic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unacademic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lymie is slight of build, shy and bookish, while Spud is athletic, outgoing and unacademic. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 All of those Andys exist — sometimes simultaneously over a single paragraph — in Blake Gopnik’s Warhol, a frank, gossipy, but not unacademic chronicle of one of the 20th century’s most foundational and confounding figures. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of unacademic

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Unacademic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unacademic. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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