- of or relating to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education: academic requirements.
- pertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.
- theoretical or hypothetical; not practical, realistic, or directly useful: an academic question; an academic discussion of a matter already decided.
- learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.
- conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional: academic painting.
- acquired by formal education, especially at a college or university: academic preparation for the ministry.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to Academe or to the Platonic school of philosophy.
- a student or teacher at a college or university.
- a person who is academic in background, attitudes, methods, etc.: He was by temperament an academic, concerned with books and the arts.
- (initial capital letter) a person who supports or advocates the Platonic school of philosophy.
- academics, the scholarly activities of a school or university, as classroom studies or research projects: more emphasis on academics and less on athletics.
Origin of academic
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Examples from the Web for academic
Are you seeing more commercial pressure from academic presses for historians to sexy it up a bit?Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
They are afflicted with “progressive spiritual emptiness,” he said, which no amount of academic honors and degrees can fill.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 23, 2014
Academic freedom has been a hot debate within education circles.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
Wolfenden was an academic and seen by the establishment as a “safe pair of hands.”The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
The academic, historic, and geopolitical nonsense that Khomeinism equals Iran has lasted long enough.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
November 22, 2014
That is why an academic education nowadays often fails of its purpose.The Book of Khalid
I feel that what I say about religion is too cold and academic.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The academic product is, it must be remembered, a bundle of conventions.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
Certainly it cannot be related to real business life by the academic student.College Teaching
A successful teacher of an academy, raises the standard of academic instruction.The Teacher
- belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp a college, university, or academy
- of purely theoretical or speculative interestan academic argument
- excessively concerned with intellectual matters and lacking experience of practical affairs
- (esp of a schoolchild) having an aptitude for study
- conforming to set rules and traditions; conventionalan academic painter
- relating to studies such as languages, philosophy, and pure science, rather than applied, technical, or professional studies
- a member of a college or university
Word Origin and History for academic
1580s, "relating to an academy," also "collegiate, scholarly," from Latin academicus "of the Academy," from academia (see academy). Meaning "theoretical, not practical, not leading to a decision" (such as university debates or classroom legal exercises) is from 1886. Academic freedom is attested from 1901. Related: Academically.