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Definition of "sabbatical" [sabbatical]

  • Relating to a sabbatical year. (adjective)
  • Relating or appropriate to the Sabbath as the day of rest. (adjective)
  • A sabbatical year. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or appropriate to the Sabbath as a day of rest and religious observance (adjective)

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Use "sabbatical" in a sentence
  • "James Mortimer: I think the term sabbatical has to be taken with a grain of salt."
  • "When people hear the word "sabbatical," they invariably think, "Sounds great—but there's no way I can do that.""
  • "The Republican announced today he will pass on a presidential campaign, because he wants to take what he calls a sabbatical from public life."