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Sabbatical

[suh-bat-i-kuh l] /səˈbæt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining or appropriate to the Sabbath.
2.
(lowercase) of or relating to a sabbatical year.
3.
(lowercase) bringing a period of rest.
noun
4.
(lowercase) sabbatical year.
5.
(lowercase) any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.
Also, Sabbatic.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Greek sabbatikós (sábbat(on) Sabbath + -ikos -ic) + -al1
Related forms
Sabbatically, adverb
Sabbaticalness, noun
non-Sabbatic, adjective, noun
non-Sabbatical, adjective, noun
non-Sabbatically, adverb
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Examples from the web for sabbaticals
  • One of the more creative options for employers is to offer flexible working hours and sabbaticals.
  • Tenure is the typical target, of course, but summers and sabbaticals are also part of the mix.
  • Let's look at how this strategy might work in three key areas: publishing, scientific conferences, and sabbaticals.
  • Nearly all such librarians can participate in campus governance, and many are eligible for sabbaticals.
  • Unlike at the research university, there was no established plan for sabbaticals or release time to further my own projects.
  • And, of course, many academics still have the privilege of sabbaticals.
  • Give teaching load reductions and sabbaticals so there is time to prepare lectures.
  • If your bylaws prevent offering it, then expand the number of sabbaticals and research leaves with partial pay and full benefits.
  • Also lets not forget release time, development leaves, and sabbaticals.
  • No, you'd have to be a staff member to take sabbatical, surely--students don't get sabbaticals.
British Dictionary definitions for sabbaticals

sabbatical

/səˈbætɪkəl/
adjective
1.
denoting a period of leave granted to university staff, teachers, etc, esp approximately every seventh year: a sabbatical year, sabbatical leave
2.
denoting a post that renders the holder eligible for such leave
noun
3.
any sabbatical period
Word Origin
C16: from Greek sabbatikos; see Sabbath

Sabbatical

/səˈbætɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or appropriate to the Sabbath as a day of rest and religious observance
noun
2.
short for sabbatical year
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Word Origin and History for sabbaticals

sabbatical

adj.

1640s, "of or suitable for the Sabbath," from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos "of the Sabbath" (see Sabbath). Noun meaning "a year's absence granted to researchers" (originally one year in seven, to university professors) is from 1934, short for sabbatical year, etc., first recorded 1886 (the thing itself is attested from 1880, at Harvard), related to sabbatical year (1590s) in Mosaic law, the seventh year, in which land was to remain untilled and debtors and slaves released.

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