Definition of "academic" []

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a school, especially one of higher learning. (adjective)
  • Relating to studies that are liberal or classical rather than technical or vocational. (adjective)
  • Relating to scholarly performance: a student's academic average. (adjective)
  • Of or belonging to a scholarly organization. (adjective)
  • Scholarly to the point of being unaware of the outside world. See Synonyms at pedantic. (adjective)
  • Belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp a college, university, or academy (adjective)

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  • Of purely theoretical or speculative interest (adjective)
  • Excessively concerned with intellectual matters and lacking experience of practical affairs (adjective)
  • (esp of a schoolchild) having an aptitude for study (adjective)
  • Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional (adjective)
  • Relating to studies such as languages, philosophy, and pure science, rather than applied, technical, or professional studies (adjective)
  • A member of a college or university (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "academic" in a sentence
  • "By consistently quoting the term "academic" in their legislation, the representatives are attempting to legitimate the teaching of the Bible as safely impartial and nonsectarian."
  • "The legislation from Arkansas, known as House Bill 1032, employs the phrase "academic study of the Bible" throughout, stating that the course would be "nonsectarian, nonreligious" and purely an unbiased study of the Bible and its influence on other disciplines."
  • "BALLOU: Well, I have to tell you, initially Doug Garrison gave me support under the label academic freedom."