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[dahy-dak-tik] /daɪˈdæk tɪk/
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.
Origin of didactic
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
2. pedantic, preachy, donnish, pedagogic. Unabridged
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  • 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


intended to instruct, esp excessively
morally instructive; improving
(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

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)
Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.

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