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Overview

This page has 17 definitions of academic in English, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), and Romanian, Moldavian, Moldovan. Academic is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use academic in a sentence are shown. Also define these 36 related words and terms: Plato, academy, theoretical, speculative, abstract, scholarly, classical, practical, vocational, love, aptitude, art, conform, rule, tradition, conventional, formalistic, unaware, outside, world, worldliness, subscribe, architectural, study, humanities, topic, science, engineering, capitalisation, Platonist, Academy, academician, student, college, academicals, and academic.

See also: acadèmic

English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From both the Medieval Latin acadēmicus and the French académique, from Latin academia, from Ancient Greek ἀκαδημικός (akadēmikós), from Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmía) or Ἀκαδήμεια (Akadḗmeia), the name of the place where Plato taught; compare academy.[1]

Pronunciation

Adjective

academic (comparative more academic, superlative most academic)

  1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato [from late 16th century][2]
    the academic sect or philosophy
  2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization. [from late 16th century][2]
  3. Theoretical or speculative; abstract; scholarly, literary or classical, in distinction to practical or vocational[2] [from late 19th century]
    I have always had an academic interest in hacking.
    • Classical definition
      Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art. (1 of 8 classical definitions)
  4. Having little practical use or value, as by being overly detailed, unengaging, or theoretical: having no practical importance.
    • 2011 May 16, “Pakistan's AQ Khan: My Nuclear Manifesto”, in Newsweek:
      The question of how many weapons are required for credible deterrence against India is purely academic.
    • 2017 November 10, “Land Rover Discovery review – SUV's the finest car in the Landy”, in Scottish Daily Record:
      For the majority of owners, its four-wheel-drive endeavours will be of purely academic interest.
    • 2018, US Government Accountability Office, "Decision, Matter of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation", May 22, 2018
      As a general matter, we will not consider a protest where the issue presented has no practical consequences with regard to an existing federal government procurement, and thus is of purely academic interest.
  5. Having a love of or aptitude for learning.
    I'm more academic than athletic — I get lower marks in phys. ed. than in anything else.
  6. (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. [from late 19th century][2]
    • Tradition definition
      A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays. (1 of 3 tradition definitions)
  7. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
    • World definition
      The subjective human experience, regarded collectively. Human collective existence; existence in general. (1 of 15 world definitions)
    • Worldliness definition
      The quality of being worldly; familiarity with the ways of the world.
  8. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.
  9. Study of humanities topics rather than science and engineering.
    • Study definition
      To review materials already learned in order to make sure one does not forget them, usually in preparation for an examination. (1 of 6 study definitions)
    • Science definition
      A particular discipline or branch of learning, especially one dealing with measurable or systematic principles rather than intuition or natural ability. (1 of 8 science definitions)

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Noun

academic (plural academics)

  1. (usually capitalized) A follower of Plato, a Platonist. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][2]
  2. A senior member of an academy, college, or university; a person who attends an academy; a person engaged in scholarly pursuits; one who is academic in practice. [First attested in the late 16th century.][2]
    • 2013 September 7, “The multiplexed metropolis”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8852:
      Academics [] see integrated systems for collecting, processing and acting on data as offering a “second electrification” to the world’s metropolises.
  3. A member of the Academy; an academician. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][2]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 4, member 2, subsection ii:
      Carneades the academick, when he was to write against Zeno the stoick, purged himself with hellebor first […].
    • Academy definition
      The school for advanced education founded by Plato; the garden where Plato taught. (1 of 4 Academy definitions)
  4. (archaic) A student in a college.
  5. (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.][2]
    • Academicals definition
      The articles of dress prescribed and worn at some colleges and universities, typically on special occasions such as graduation.
  6. (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.][2]

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References

  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], →ISBN)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “academic”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN.

Further reading


Interlingua

Adjective

academic

  1. academic

Romanian

Etymology

From French académique, from Latin academicus.

Pronunciation

Adjective

academic m or n (feminine singular academică, masculine plural academici, feminine and neuter plural academice)

  1. academic

Declension