Definition of academic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌækəˈdemɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌækəˈdemɪk//
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  1. 1  [usually before noun] connected with education, especially studying in schools and universities The students return in October for the start of the new academic year. high/low academic standards an academic career The enrolment criteria are geographical rather than academic. See related entries: Teaching and learning, Describing jobs
  2. 2  [usually before noun] involving a lot of reading and studying rather than practical or technical skills academic subjects/qualifications See related entries: Teaching and learning
  3. 3  good at subjects involving a lot of reading and studying She wasn't very academic and hated school. See related entries: Teaching and learning, Clever
  4. 4not connected to a real or practical situation and therefore not important It is a purely academic question. The whole thing's academic now—we can't win anyway.
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French académique or medieval Latin academicus, from academia, from Greek akadēmeia, from Akadēmos, the hero after whom Plato's garden was named. Extra examplesThe writers’ approach is not overly academic. He retired from academic life and went into politics. I wasn’t sure I could cope with the academic demands of the course. It is regarded as the top academic institution in the city. Most of his questions were of an academic nature. Our courses cover a range of academic disciplines. She had a brilliant academic career. She had very few academic qualifications. The academic year usually starts in September. This university will do all it can to defend academic freedom. We are looking for practical experience as well as academic achievement. We need to combine academic and applied knowledge. academic research
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