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  1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
  2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
  3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
  4. 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
Related formsdi·dac·ti·cal·ly, adverbdi·dac·ti·cism, nounnon·di·dac·tic, adjectivenon·di·dac·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·di·dac·tic, adjective

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Related Words for didactical

didactic, homiletic, moralizing, pedantic, pedantical, preachy, donnish

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British Dictionary definitions for didactical


  1. intended to instruct, esp excessively
  2. morally instructive; improving
  3. (of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral message to which aesthetic considerations are subordinated
Derived Formsdidactically, adverbdidacticism, noun

Word Origin for didactic

C17: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach
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Word Origin and History for didactical



1650s, from French didactique, from Greek didaktikos "apt at teaching," from didaktos "taught," past participle of didaskein "teach," from PIE root *dens- "wisdom, to teach, learn." Related: Didactically; didacticism.

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didactical in Medicine


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