[ ak-uh-dem-ik ]
/ ˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk /
of or relating to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education: 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.
(initial capital letter) 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.
(initial capital letter) 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.
Words nearby academic
OTHER WORDS FROM academic
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pseu·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
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-academic
/ (ˌækəˈdɛmɪk) /
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 forms of academicacademically, adverb
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