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Meaning of academic by Wiktionary Dictionary

academic


    Alternative forms

    • academick ( obsolete )
    • acad ( abbreviation )

    Etymology

    Pronunciation

    • ( US ) IPA: /ˌæk.ə.ˈdɛm.ɪk/, X-SAMPA: /%{k@"dEmIk/
    • Rhymes: -ɛmɪk

    Adjective

    academic ( comparative more academic, superlative most academic )

    1. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization.
      • academic courses - William Warburton
      • academical study - George Berkeley
    2. Pertaining to or characteristic of a school .
    3. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the academic sect or philosophy .
    4. Being scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from scientific .
    5. Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic .
    6. Having an aptitude for study .
    7. ( pejorative ) Having no practical importance .
    8. To be so scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world .
    9. Theoretical or speculative .
      I have always had an academic interest in hacking .

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    Noun

    academic ( plural: academics )

    1. A member of the Academy; a follower of Plato, a Platonist.
    2. A member of an academy, college, or university; an academician .
    3. A person who attends an academy .
    4. One who is academic in practice .

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    External links

    • academic in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • academic in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of academic by Wordnet Dictionary

academic


    Adjective
    1. hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result

    2. an academic discussion
      an academic question
    3. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

    4. associated with academia or an academy

    5. the academic curriculum
      academic gowns
    Noun
    1. an educator who works at a college or university



    Definition of academic by GCIDE Dictionary

    academic


    1. Academic Academical a. [L. academicus: cf. F. académigue. See Academy.]
      1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, “the Academic sect or philosophy”.

      2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from scientific. “Academic courses.” Warburton. “Academical study.” Berkeley.

    2. Academic, n.
      1. One holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a Platonist. Hume.

      2. A member of an academy, college, or university; an academician.