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adjective Also scho·las·ti·cal.
  1. of or relating to schools, scholars, or education: scholastic attainments.
  2. of or relating to secondary education or schools: a scholastic meet.
  3. pedantic.
  4. of or relating to the medieval schoolmen.
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  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a schoolman, a disciple of the schoolmen, or an adherent of scholasticism.
  2. a pedantic person.
  3. Roman Catholic Church. a student in a scholasticate.
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Origin of scholastic

1590–1600; < Latin scholasticus < Greek scholastikós studious, learned, derivative of scholázein to be at leisure to study. See school1, -tic
Related formsscho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·scho·las·tic, adjective, nounan·ti·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·scho·las·tic, adjectivehy·per·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·scho·las·tic, adjectivenon·scho·las·ti·cal, adjectivenon·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·scho·las·tic, adjectivepre·scho·las·tic, adjectivepro·scho·las·tic, adjectivepseu·do·scho·las·tic, adjectivepseu·do·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-scho·las·tic, adjectivequa·si-scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·scho·las·tic, adjectivesem·i·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·scho·las·tic, adjectiveun·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of scholastically

  • That used for the boys is, scholastically, in a superior condition.

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  • The era of the purely scholastic occupation and no other for the scholastically trained woman has come to an end.

  • What a pity it is that so powerful and idiomatic a writer should be so incorrect grammatically and scholastically speaking!

British Dictionary definitions for scholastically


  1. of, relating to, or befitting schools, scholars, or education
  2. pedantic or precise
  3. (often capital) characteristic of or relating to the medieval Schoolmen
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  1. a student or pupil
  2. a person who is given to quibbling or logical subtleties; pedant
  3. (often capital) a disciple or adherent of scholasticism; Schoolman
    1. a Jesuit student who is undergoing a period of probation prior to commencing his theological studies
    2. the status and position of such a student
  4. a formalist in art
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Derived Formsscholastically, adverb

Word Origin for scholastic

C16: via Latin from Greek skholastikos devoted to learning, ultimately from skholē school 1
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Word Origin and History for scholastically



1590s, "of or pertaining to Scholastic theologians" (Churchmen in the Middle Ages whose theology and philosophy was based on Church Fathers and Aristotle), from Middle French scholastique (14c.), from Latin scholasticus "of a school," from Greek skholastikos "enjoying leisure; devoting one's leisure to learning," hence, as a noun, "a scholar," also in a bad sense, "a pedant; a simpleton," from skhola (see school (n.1)). In English, meaning "pertaining to schools or to school education" is from 1640s. As a noun from 1640s. Related: Scholastical (1530s in the "relating to a school" sense); scholastically.

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