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didactic

[dahy-dak-tik] /daɪˈdæk tɪk/
adjective
1.
intended for instruction; instructive:
didactic poetry.
2.
inclined to teach or lecture others too much:
a boring, didactic speaker.
3.
teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
4.
didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.
Also, didactical.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Greek didaktikós apt at teaching, instructive, equivalent to didakt(ós) that may be taught + -ikos -ic
Related forms
didactically, adverb
didacticism, noun
nondidactic, adjective
nondidactically, adverb
undidactic, adjective
Synonyms
2. pedantic, preachy, donnish, pedagogic.
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Examples for didactic
  • 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.
  • Though more didactic, Huerta's story of a family's hitting the glass ceiling of upward mobility is quite powerful.
  • He is less poetical and more didactic.
  • When re-reading your comment I find that you are perhaps a little too didactic.
  • As a work of art, it seems contrived and didactic.
  • Most are refreshingly non-didactic, focusing instead on the contributor's own experience with the topic at hand.
  • Jeffers adeptly uses hyperbole throughout the tale so that the underlying message never feels preachy or didactic.
British Dictionary definitions for didactic

didactic

/dɪˈdæktɪk/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
didactically, adverb
didacticism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach
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Word Origin and History for didactic
adj.

1650s, from French didactique, from Greek didaktikos "apt at teaching," from didaktos "taught," past participle of didaskein "teach," from PIE root *dens- "wisdom, to teach, learn." Related: Didactically; didacticism.

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didactic in Medicine

didactic di·dac·tic (dī-dāk'tĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.

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Encyclopedia Article for didactic

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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