didactic

[ dahy-dak-tik ]
/ daɪˈdæk tɪk /

adjective

intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.
Also di·dac·ti·cal.

Origin of didactic

1635–45; < Greek didaktikós apt at teaching, instructive, equivalent to didakt(ós) that may be taught + -ikos -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for didactic

didactic

/ (dɪˈdæktɪk) /

adjective

intended to instruct, esp excessively
morally instructive; improving
(of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral message to which aesthetic considerations are subordinated

Derived Forms

didactically, adverbdidacticism, noun

Word Origin for didactic

C17: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach
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Medicine definitions for didactic

didactic

[ dī-dăktĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.

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