Definitions for academicˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•a•dem•icˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk(adj.)ac`a•dem′i•cal.

  1. of or pertaining to a school, esp. one for higher education.

    Category: Education

  2. of or pertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.

    Category: Education

  3. theoretical or hypothetical; not practical or directly useful:

    an academic question.

  4. learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.

  5. conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional:

    academic painting.

  6. (n.)a student or teacher at a college or university.

    Category: Education

  7. a person who is academic in background, attitudes, methods, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Education

  8. academics, academic studies or subjects.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Education

Origin of academic:

1580–90; < L < Gk

ac`a•dem′i•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. academician, academic, faculty member(adj)

    an educator who works at a college or university

  2. academic(adj)

    associated with academia or an academy

    "the academic curriculum"; "academic gowns"

  3. academic(adj)

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

    "an academic discussion"; "an academic question"

  4. academic, donnish, pedantic(adj)

    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. academic(adjective)ˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk

    relating to education and learning

    the academic year; academic study; academically gifted

  2. academic(noun)ˌæk əˈdɛm ɪk

    a university teacher or researcher

    a renowned academic

Wiktionary

  1. academic(Noun)

    A member of the Academy; a follower of Plato, a Platonist.

  2. academic(Noun)

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

  3. academic(Noun)

    A person who attends an academy.

  4. academic(Noun)

    One who is academic in practice.

  5. academic(Adjective)

    Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization.

  6. academic(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or characteristic of a school.

  7. academic(Adjective)

    Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the academic sect or philosophy.

  8. academic(Adjective)

    Being scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from scientific.

  9. academic(Adjective)

    Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic.

  10. academic(Adjective)

    Having an aptitude for study.

  11. academic(Adjective)

    Having no practical importance.

  12. academic(Adjective)

    To be so scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world.

  13. academic(Adjective)

    Theoretical or speculative.

    I have always had an academic interest in hacking.

  14. Origin: * First attested in 1588.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Academic(adj)

    alt. of Academical

  2. Academic(noun)

    one holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a Platonist

  3. Academic(noun)

    a member of an academy, college, or university; an academician

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. academic

    1. Of, or pertaining to, fossils; vegetative; parasitic; the opposite of change, viable, evolution. 2. Relating to a society that promotes the love of the static and the immobile. 3. Apish, parrot-like, phonographic.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'academic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2149

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'academic' in Adjectives Frequency: #288


Translations for academic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

academic(adjective)

of or concerning study especially in schools, colleges etc

an academic career.

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