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[ej-oo-key-shuh-nl] /ˌɛdʒ ʊˈkeɪ ʃə nl/
pertaining to education.
tending or intended to educate, instruct, or inform:
an educational show on television.
Origin of educational
1645-55; education + -al1
Related forms
educationally, adverb
antieducational, adjective
antieducationally, adverb
countereducational, noun
countereducationally, adverb
noneducational, adjective
noneducationally, adverb
posteducational, adjective
preeducational, adjective
preeducationally, adverb
pseudoeducational, adjective
pseudoeducationally, adverb
quasi-educational, adjective
quasi-educationally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for educational
  • The educational value of pleasant travel-books is great.
  • On account of this interest, the moral and the educational as leading features were suppressed sooner.
  • He held as an educational principle that it is hardly worth while to study any subject till one is ready to use it.
  • The letters throw much light on current monastic life and on educational method.
  • All three, in their author's view, were educational works.
  • Englishwomen, from the educational point of view, could give nothing until they approached forty years old.
  • educational websites and software are important, too.
  • Previously, she worked as a curriculum development writer for an educational company.
  • The educational moving pictures, so long threatened, have arrived.
  • Fight your back-to-school blues with some of this week's educational deals.
British Dictionary definitions for educational


providing knowledge; instructive or informative: an educational toy
of or relating to education
Derived Forms
educationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for educational

1650s, "due to education;" 1831, "pertaining to education;" from education + -al (1). Related: Educationally.

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