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Adjective: academic  ,a-ku'de-mik
  1. Associated with academia or an academy
    "the academic curriculum"; "academic gowns"
  2. Hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
    "an academic discussion"; "an academic question"
  3. Marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning, esp. trivial aspects and overly fine distinctions
    "All his life he went on making academic jokes";
    - donnish, pedantic
  4. Having an aptitude for study
Noun: academic  ,a-ku'de-mik
  1. An educator who works at a college or university
    - academician, faculty member

Derived forms: academics

See also: scholarly, theoretical

Type of: educator, pedagog [US], pedagogue

Antonym: unacademic

Encyclopedia: Academic