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academic

variants: also academical

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1 of or relating to schooling or learning especially at an advanced level
  • "If you spent more time in academic pursuits and less time in social ones, you could easily make good grades," the dean told Valerie.
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2 very learned or educated but inexperienced in practical matters
  • academic thinkers who have no understanding of how the business works
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3 existing only as an assumption or speculation
  • Your arguments are merely academic—such a worst-case scenario is unlikely to ever occur.
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