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academic

[ak-uh-dem-ik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education: academic requirements.
2.
pertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.
3.
theoretical or hypothetical; not practical, realistic, or directly useful: an academic question; an academic discussion of a matter already decided.
4.
learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.
5.
conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional: academic painting.
6.
acquired by formal education, especially at a college or university: academic preparation for the ministry.
7.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Academe or to the Platonic school of philosophy.
noun
8.
a student or teacher at a college or university.
9.
a person who is academic in background, attitudes, methods, etc.: He was by temperament an academic, concerned with books and the arts.
10.
(initial capital letter) a person who supports or advocates the Platonic school of philosophy.
11.
academics, the scholarly activities of a school or university, as classroom studies or research projects: more emphasis on academics and less on athletics.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin Acadēmicus < Greek Akadēmeikós. See academy, academe, -ic

antiacademic, adjective, noun
interacademic, adjective
nonacademic, adjective, noun
proacademic, adjective
pseudoacademic, adjective
quasi-academic, adjective
semiacademic, adjective
subacademic, adjective
unacademic, adjective


2. humanistic, liberal. 4. theoretical. 5. See formal1.
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academic (ˌækəˈdɛmɪk)
 
adj
1.  belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp a college, university, or academy
2.  of purely theoretical or speculative interest: an academic argument
3.  excessively concerned with intellectual matters and lacking experience of practical affairs
4.  (esp of a schoolchild) having an aptitude for study
5.  conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional: an academic painter
6.  relating to studies such as languages, philosophy, and pure science, rather than applied, technical, or professional studies
 
n
7.  a member of a college or university
 
aca'demically
 
adv

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academic
1580s, "relating to an academy," also "collegiate, scholarly," from L. academicus, from academia (see academy). Meaning "theoretical, not practical, not leading to a decision" (such as university debates or classroom legal exercises) is from 1886. Academic freedom is attested from 1901.
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