Definition of sabbatical in English:


Syllabification: sab·bat·i·cal
Pronunciation: /səˈbadək(ə)l


A period of paid leave granted to a college teacher for study or travel, traditionally every seventh year: she’s away on sabbatical
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  • The paper was written whilst on sabbatical at Pennsylvania State University, where much logistical support and scientific stimulus was given by D. W. Burbank and colleagues.
  • I spent 2 years as a professor at Acadia University replacing those on sabbatical.
  • He thanks P. Hoffman for inviting him to spend his sabbatical at Harvard University, where this paper was completed.


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1Of or relating to a sabbatical.
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  • Only two of the paid sabbatical positions were contested, adding to concerns raised during the hustings that OUSU was failing to display its relevancy to the student body.
  • For the next academic year, the author was on sabbatical leave and hence no data are available for the 1994-1995 year.
  • He added: ‘We can run more sabbatical courses for priests and that would allow us to maintain the facility.’
2 archaic Of or appropriate to the sabbath.
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  • What makes the eschatobogical future available is God's sabbatical celebration, which has been taking place since the foundation of the world.
  • But I have noticed what at least appears to be a disconnect in dietary and Sabbatical laws from the past til now.


late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek sabbatikos 'of the sabbath' + -al.

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