Definition of academic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌakəˈdemik/


1Relating 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.
1.1Relating 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.
impractical, unrealistic, ivory-tower


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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