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Meaning of ACADEMIC

Pronunciation:  `aku'demik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an educator who works at a college or university
  2. [adj]  hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result; "an academic discussion"; "an academic question"
  3. [adj]  marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
  4. [adj]  associated with academia or an academy; "the academic curriculum"; "academic gowns"

ACADEMIC is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: academician, donnish, faculty member, pedantic, scholarly, theoretical
 See Also: educator, pedagogue, professor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ac`a*dem"ic\, Academical \Ac`a*dem"ic*al\, a. [L.
    academicus: cf. F. acad['e]migue. See {Academy}.]
    1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the
       Academic sect or philosophy.
    2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of
       learning; scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction
       from scientific. ``Academic courses.'' --Warburton.
       ``Academical study.'' --Berkeley.
  2. \Ac`a*dem"ic\, n.
    1. One holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a
       Platonist. --Hume.
    2. A member of an academy, college, or university; an
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