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səˈbæt ɪ kəlsab·bat·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sabbatical, sabbatical leaveadjective

    a leave usually taken every seventh year

  2. sabbatical, sabbaticadjective

    of or relating to the Sabbath

    "Friday is a sabbatical day for Muslims"

  3. sabbaticaladjective

    of or relating to sabbatical leave

    "sabbatical research project"


  1. sabbaticalnoun

    An extended period of leave, often one year long, taken by an employee in order to carry out projects not otherwise associated with the employee's job. During the sabbatical, the employer may pay some or all of the wages that would have been otherwise earned or some or all of the expenses incurred. University lecturers, for example, may be granted a one-year paid sabbatical once every seven years.

  2. sabbaticaladjective

    Relating to the Sabbath.

  3. sabbaticaladjective

    Relating to a sabbatical.

  4. Etymology: From σαββατικός.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sabbaticaladjective

    Resembling the sabbath; enjoying or bringing intermission of labour.

    Etymology: sabbaticus, Lat. sabbatique, Fr. from sabbath.

    The appointment and observance of the sabbatical year, and after the seventh sabbatical year, a year of jubilee, is a circumstance of great moment. Duncan Forbes.


  1. Sabbatical

    A sabbatical (from the Hebrew: שַׁבָּת Šabat (i.e., Sabbath); in Latin sabbaticus; Greek: sabbatikos σαββατικός) is a rest or break from work. The concept of the sabbatical is based on the Biblical practice of shmita (sabbatical year), which is related to agriculture. According to Leviticus 25, Jews in the Land of Israel must take a year-long break from working the fields every seven years. Starting with Harvard University in 1880, many universities and other institutional employers of scientists, physicians, and academics offer the opportunity to qualify for paid sabbatical as an employee benefit, called sabbatical leave. Early academic sabbatical policies were designed to aid their faculty in resting and recovering, but were also provided in order to facilitate "advancements in knowledge in vogue elsewhere...an intellectual and practical necessity" for both the professors and university education more broadly. Present day academic sabbaticals typically excuse the grantee from day to day teaching and departmental duties, though progress on research is expected to continue, if not increase, while away. Academic sabbaticals come in the form of either semester-long or full-academic year terms. A sabbatical has also come to mean a lengthy, intentional break from a career. The popularity of sabbaticals for non-academics has increased in the 21st century: 17% of companies offered some sort of sabbatical policy to their employees in 2017, according to a survey by the Society For Human Resource Management. There are very few norms and expectations for non-academic, or professional, sabbaticals. They can be paid or unpaid, affiliated with one's employer or self-directed, and have a variety of durations, from several weeks to over a year.


  1. sabbatical

    A sabbatical is a paid or unpaid break or time-off that is granted to an employee, often a teacher, professor, or pastor, after they have worked for a certain period of time, usually seven years. This break is typically used for rest, research, travel, or any other personal pursuit, with the aim of returning to work refreshed and revitalized.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sabbaticaladjective

    of or pertaining to the Sabbath; resembling the Sabbath; enjoying or bringing an intermission of labor

  2. Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. sabbatique.]


  1. Sabbatical

    Sabbatical is a 2007 CTV television movie, which was filmed in August 2007, as a pilot, and aired on 23 November 2007. The film follows Patrick Marlowe, his paleontologist wife Dr. Julie Marlowe, and their children, as they leave the big city for Julie's dinosaur dig in Saskatchewan's Avonlea Badlands. To be close to the dig The family moves to the fictional small town of Beacon Vista. On their way to Beacon Vista, their mildly autistic son Danny is almost kidnapped by a trucker, who had previously helped them change a tire while flirting with the daughter Gwyneth. The family quickly finds some oddities about their new home. Cell phones don't work, and the local minister preaches the end is near. The family wakes up after their first night in the new home to discover that a triple murder occurred next door while they slept. Later, while both playing a video game and sleeping, Danny has some sort of psychic vision related to the murders. Patrick also has some back-story involving a scam he pulled with Jack Driscoll and some related missing money.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sabbatical in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sabbatical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sabbatical in a Sentence

  1. Ashwani Mahajan:

    The country would not lose anything if these foreign economists leave the country, nation building cannot be done by people on sabbatical leave.

  2. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey:

    My intention is not to go over and just hang out or take a sabbatical, but actually everything I'm doing in San Francisco, doing on another continent.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. reassuring
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