- ostentatious in one's learning.
- overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Origin of pedantic
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Examples from the Web for pedantical
It took at least five minutes before the wearisome, pedantical fellow had finished his arrangements and preparations.
I do not think that success will come by a pedantical insistence upon correctness in form without regard to the sense.College Teaching
There remain two appendices touching the tradition of knowledge, the one critical, the other pedantical.The Advancement of Learning
- of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
Word Origin and History for pedantical
formed in English c.1600, from pedant + -ic. The French equivalent is pédantesque. Perhaps first attested in John Donne's "Sunne Rising," where he bids the morning sun let his love and him linger in bed, telling it, "Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide Late schooleboyes." Related: Pedantical (1580s); pedantically.