of or relating to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution: 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.
Academic, 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.
Academic, 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.
- an·ti·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective, noun
- in·ter·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective
- non·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective, noun
- pro·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective
- pseu·do·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective
- qua·si-ac·a·dem·ic, adjective
- sem·i·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective
- sub·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective
- un·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective
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How to use academic in a sentence
This may not translate to anything where you’re from, but Ishaq’s nickname, largely because of a brilliant academic record, was Newton.
MTS’s public security committee on Thursday appointed a steering committee that includes advocates, academics and community leaders who are expected to assist with the outside review.Morning Report: Another Potential Violation for Barrios | Sara Libby | September 25, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Savoie says that some academic quantum researchers have wrongly disparaged current uses of quantum computers and quantum algorithms because they can’t yet do things that are impossible to do on a classical computer.Startup debuts software to help any company use ‘quantum algorithms’ | Jeremy Kahn | September 24, 2020 | Fortune
Some experts have proposed leveling out the playing field by increasing government funding to academic labs for AI research.OpenAI is giving Microsoft exclusive access to its GPT-3 language model | Niall Firth | September 23, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The academics surveyed nearly 1,000 venture capitalists—572 in the US and 381 elsewhere—and asked them to rate the health of the startups in their investment portfolios.As the rest of the economy sinks under Covid-19, most startups are doing just fine | Nicolás Rivero | September 22, 2020 | Quartz
Do you think academic history and popular history have gotten more similar over the last 15 or 20 years?
Are you seeing more commercial pressure from academic presses for historians to sexy it up a bit?
Their claims have led to both academic controversy and localized conflict.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
academic freedom has been a hot debate within education circles.
The earnest youth grinding at the academic mill has dreamed it in the pauses of his studious labor.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The Wren Building, named in his honor, was constructed by 1698 and it is the oldest academic structure still in existence.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
While his two brothers carried on the business he devoted himself to an academic career.
Later in the evening Jenny Wick accompanied Paul, as he sang some old ballads full of a kind of academic gruesomeness.Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
Later again, he turned to the more ancient Greeks, and the result 193 was the most academic of his pictures, his “Leonidas.”The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
British Dictionary definitions for academic
belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp a college, university, or academy
of purely theoretical or speculative interest: an 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; conventional: an 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
- academically, adverb
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