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[ej-oo-key-shuh-nl] /ˌɛdʒ ʊˈkeɪ ʃə nl/
pertaining to education.
tending or intended to educate, instruct, or inform:
an educational show on television.
Origin of educational
First recorded in 1645-55; education + -al1
Related forms
educationally, adverb
antieducational, adjective
antieducationally, adverb
countereducational, noun
countereducationally, adverb
noneducational, adjective
noneducationally, adverb
posteducational, adjective
preeducational, adjective
preeducationally, adverb
pseudoeducational, adjective
pseudoeducationally, adverb
quasi-educational, adjective
quasi-educationally, adverb Unabridged
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  • He insists strongly on the importance of mathematics as an educational instrument.

    Laws Plato
  • This aim being accomplished, his educational career is over.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • It was altruistic he knew, gentle he was sure, educational he was positive.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • They have come to be educational agencies of the first importance.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • They were not in favor of it unless there could be an educational qualification.

British Dictionary definitions for educational


providing knowledge; instructive or informative: an educational toy
of or relating to education
Derived Forms
educationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for educational

1650s, "due to education;" 1831, "pertaining to education;" from education + -al (1). Related: Educationally.

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