Definition of Academic

1. Noun. An educator who works at a college or university.

Exact synonyms: Academician, Faculty Member
Generic synonyms: Educator, Pedagog, Pedagogue
Specialized synonyms: Prof, Professor
Derivative terms: Academy, Academy, Academy, Academy

2. Adjective. Associated with academia or an academy. "Academic gowns"
Partainyms: Academia
Derivative terms: Academia, Academy

3. Adjective. Hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result. "An academic question"
Similar to: Theoretical

4. Adjective. Marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects.
Exact synonyms: Donnish, Pedantic
Similar to: Scholarly
Derivative terms: Pedant, Pedantry

Definition of Academic

1. a. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the Academic sect or philosophy.

2. n. One holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a Platonist.

Definition of Academic

1. Adjective. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization. ¹

2. Adjective. Pertaining to or characteristic of a school. ¹

3. Adjective. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the '''academic''' sect or philosophy. ¹

4. Adjective. Being scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from scientific. ¹

5. Adjective. Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. ¹

6. Adjective. Having an aptitude for study. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: pejorative) Having no practical importance. ¹

8. Adjective. To be so scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world. ¹

9. Adjective. Theoretical or speculative. ¹

10. Noun. A member of the Academy; a follower of Plato, a Platonist. ¹

11. Noun. A member of an academy, college, or university; an academician. ¹

12. Noun. A person who attends an academy. ¹

13. Noun. One who is academic in practice. ¹

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Definition of Academic

1. a college student or teacher [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Academic

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academic (current term)
academic administrator
academic art
academic bulimia
academic costume
academic degree
academic department
academic discipline
academic dissertations
academic freedom
academic gown
academic institution
academic medical centres
academic program
academic relation

Literary usage of Academic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General by M. Joycelyn Elders (1997)
"academic Achievement The onset of smoking has been shown repeatedly to be related to poor academic achievement (see Table 6 in Chapter 3). ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"See COSTUME, academic. academic DEGREES. academic degrees, whether earned or honorary, are titles conferred by colleges, universities and professional ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1907)
"This is for the student the first element in a just academic freedom. ... This choice among teachers is a very valuable element in academic freedom for the ..."

4. Free speech bibliography: including every discovered attitude toward the by Theodore Albert Schroeder (1922)
"Teachers, Freedom of academic freedom denied; the committee of economists reports on the Ross ... New York Evening Post Feb 23, 1901 p7 academic situation. ..."

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