Origin of academic

1580–90; < Latin Acadēmicus < Greek Akadēmeikós. See academy, academe, -ic
Related formsan·ti·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective, nounin·ter·ac·a·dem·ic, adjectivenon·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective, nounpro·ac·a·dem·ic, adjectivepseu·do·ac·a·dem·ic, adjectivequa·si-ac·a·dem·ic, adjectivesem·i·ac·a·dem·ic, adjectivesub·ac·a·dem·ic, adjectiveun·ac·a·dem·ic, adjective

Synonyms for academic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for academic

Contemporary Examples of academic

Historical Examples of academic

  • That is why an academic education nowadays often fails of its purpose.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • I feel that what I say about religion is too cold and academic.

  • The academic product is, it must be remembered, a bundle of conventions.

    The Curse of Education

    Harold E. Gorst

  • Certainly it cannot be related to real business life by the academic student.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • A successful teacher of an academy, raises the standard of academic instruction.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for academic



belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp a college, university, or academy
of purely theoretical or speculative interestan 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; conventionalan 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
Derived Formsacademically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for academic

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.

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