intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.
Also, didactical.

1635–45; < Greek didaktikós apt at teaching, instructive, equivalent to didakt(ós) that may be taught + -ikos -ic

didactically, adverb
didacticism, noun
nondidactic, adjective
nondidactically, adverb
undidactic, adjective

2. pedantic, preachy, donnish, pedagogic.
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didactic (dɪˈdæktɪk)
1.  intended to instruct, esp excessively
2.  morally instructive; improving
3.  (of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral message to which aesthetic considerations are subordinated
[C17: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from Fr. didactique, from Gk. didaktikos "apt at teaching," from didaktos "taught," from didaskein "teach," from PIE base *dens- "wisdom, to teach, learn." Related: Didactically; didacticism.
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didactic di·dac·tic (dī-dāk'tĭk)
Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.

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of literature or other art, intended to convey instruction and information. The word is often used to refer to texts that are overburdened with instructive or factual matter to the exclusion of graceful and pleasing detail so that they are pompously dull and erudite. Some literature, however, is both entertaining and consciously didactic, as, for example, proverbs and gnomic poetry. The word is from the Greek didaktikos, "apt at teaching."

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Example sentences
Furthermore you must have teaching experience and good didactic skills.
Some colleges and universities are already being didactic about safe computing.
Others find the works didactic, or written in a confused variety of styles.
He combines humor and social commentary and does it without being didactic.
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