Definition of unacademic in English:


Line breaks: un|aca¦dem¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌʌnakəˈdɛmɪk


  • 1Not adopting or characteristic of a scholarly approach or language: his language was refreshingly unacademic
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    • Contemporary subjects were not in themselves taboo, but Manet's moody treatment, his indistinct outlines and background - in short, his unacademic approach - offended the public eye.
    • This was brought home to me at university where I had given a lecture on political rhetoric and had taken the opportunity to make fun, in passing, of this lady and her unacademic grasp of key political issues.
    • Employing a method he dubs ‘outrageously unacademic,’ he deftly links the biblical text to contemporary situations that cry for justice.
  • 1.1(Of a person) not suited or drawn to academic study.
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    • At school, Sayle was unacademic, uninterested and usually in trouble.
    • I think it's a really good idea to let the unacademic kids leave school and study a trade.
    • In many ways, especially among the scholarly men around her, she was regarded as a quite unacademic woman.

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