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academic question


a query which has an interesting answer but is of no practical use or importance


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  • The advocacy of independence, said the Globe, could not be treated as an academic question.

    George Brown

    John Lewis
  • He had not wanted a theological discussion, an academic question and reply.

    The Altar Steps Compton MacKenzie
  • It was answered that these positions and his arguments addressed to the academic question were irreconcilable and incompatible.

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
  • Whether or not we were creatures of atrophied brains and distorted vision is an academic question.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • Whether the oligarchy or its assassin was the more loathsome still remains an academic question, debatable only in an idle hour.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • And, again, it must be said emphatically that this is not an academic question, dealing with unreal distinctions.

  • To all, from this time, child labor would no longer be an academic question but a vivid reality.

    The Shadow

    Mary White Ovington
  • It is still an academic question whether or not the marriage of a brother and sister both born illegitimate is prohibited.

  • But the contention throws us back upon the academic question of what a suzerainty is.

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Up to this time the suffrage was a theory, an academic question of right and justice.

    What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr

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