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educational

[ej-oo-key-shuh-nl]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to education.
  2. tending or intended to educate, instruct, or inform: an educational show on television.
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Origin of educational

First recorded in 1645–55; education + -al1
Related formsed·u·ca·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·ed·u·ca·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbcoun·ter·ed·u·ca·tion·al, nouncoun·ter·ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·ed·u·ca·tion·al, adjectivenon·ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbpost·ed·u·ca·tion·al, adjectivepre·ed·u·ca·tion·al, adjectivepre·ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·ed·u·ca·tion·al, adjectivepseu·do·ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-ed·u·ca·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-ed·u·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb
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  • He insists strongly on the importance of mathematics as an educational instrument.

    Laws

    Plato

  • This aim being accomplished, his educational career is over.

    The Curse of Education

    Harold E. Gorst

  • It was altruistic he knew, gentle he was sure, educational he was positive.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • They have come to be educational agencies of the first importance.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • They were not in favor of it unless there could be an educational qualification.


British Dictionary definitions for educational

educational

adjective
  1. providing knowledge; instructive or informativean educational toy
  2. of or relating to education
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Derived Formseducationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for educational

adj.

1650s, "due to education;" 1831, "pertaining to education;" from education + -al (1). Related: Educationally.

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