A nonacademic once translated what I did as building and observing economic terraria.
Sanger felt, to the contrary, that it was the nonacademic masses who tended to be annoying.
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.