academic

academic

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English

Alternative forms

  • academick (obsolete)
  • acad, acad. (abbreviation)
  • Academic

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɛmɪk

Adjective

academic (comparative more academic, superlative most academic)

  1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato [from late 16th century]
    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]
    • academic courses - William Warburton
    • academical study - George Berkeley
  3. Theoretical or speculative; abstract; scholarly, literary or classical, in distinction to practical or vocational [from late 19th century]
  4. Having little practical use or value, as by being overly detailed, unengaging, or theoretical: having no practical importance.
    • 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.
  6. (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. [from late 19th century]
  7. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
  8. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.
  9. Study of humanities topics rather than science and engineering.

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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. 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.]
  3. A member of the Academy; an academician. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
  4. (archaic) A student in a college.
  5. (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
  6. (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.]

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See also

  • scientific

References

Further reading

  • academic at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • academic in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • academic in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Interlingua

Adjective

academic

  1. academic

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /a.kaˈde.mik/

Adjective

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

  1. academic

Declension

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