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academic Syllabification: ac·a·dem·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌakəˈdemik/

Definition of academic in English:


1Of or relating to education and scholarship: academic achievement he had no academic qualifications
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  • Sander looked at the impact of Catholic grade school education on academic achievement.
  • I chose to interview eleven Vietnamese refugee youths who received scholarships for their academic achievement.
  • But school is still only one strand of their education and academic achievement isn't everything.
educational, scholastic, instructional, pedagogical
scholarly, studious, literary, well read, intellectual, clever, erudite, learned, educated, cultured, bookish, highbrow, pedantic, donnish, cerebral
informal brainy, inkhorn
dated lettered
1.1Of or relating to an educational or scholarly institution or environment: students resplendent in academic dress
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  • In the academic environment, student retention and retention of alumni loyalty are important strategic goals.
  • Pressures within the academic environment itself may subtly push professors toward viewing their students as would-be clones of themselves.
  • The sex workers who come for training have to learn what research is about, what the budgets involve, how to negotiate within an unfamiliar academic environment.
1.2(Of an institution or a course of study) placing a greater emphasis on reading and study than on technical or practical work: an academic high school that prepares students for the best colleges and universities
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  • A variety of academic courses in foreign-area studies could precede or follow such summer programs.
  • According to Dr. Rajan, the Centre is doing advanced research, apart from conducting usual academic courses of higher studies.
  • All bona fide masters insist upon the completion of an academic course of study.
1.3(Of a person) interested in or excelling at scholarly pursuits and activities: Ben is not an academic child but he tries hard
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  • Most of my academic friends engage in similar pursuits.
  • At the moment, we attract a very intellectual, academic audience and we want to make it a cultural centre which will welcome family groups.
  • You may not have all the book smarts that some people do, and I was certainly never an academic person.
1.4(Of an art form) conventional, especially in an idealized or excessively formal way: academic painting
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  • They eventually rejected their teachers' conventional ideas and academic art, yet spent years assiduously copying and assimilating the Old Masters.
  • Charles Russell invites us to break out of the confinements of academic art and art history in order to open our eyes a little wider and take a glimpse at what is a far greater vision.
  • This painting within a painting shows a flayed figure whose blue body resembles an ecorche statuette used in academic life-study classes.
2Not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest: the debate has been largely academic
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  • This is something that is of more academic than practical interest.
  • The final game against Castlebar Mitchells was of academic interest only as Ballyhaunis could not make the play-offs.
  • These are questions of more than academic interest.
theoretical, conceptual, notional, philosophical, hypothetical, speculative, conjectural, suppositional;
impractical, unrealistic, ivory-tower


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A teacher or scholar in a college or institute of higher education.
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  • Of greater significance was the conservative outlook of the University's academics.
  • The survey was carried out at Glasgow Royal Infirmary by Glasgow University academics.
  • Up to four different lectures were held each day by academics such as Professor Anthony Grayling.
scholar, lecturer, teacher, tutor, professor, fellow, man/woman of letters, don, bluestocking
informal egghead, bookworm
formal pedagogue


Mid 16th century: from French académique or medieval Latin academicus, from academia (see academy).

Words that rhyme with academic

alchemic, endemic, epidemic, pandemic, polemic, totemic
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