American English

Definition of academic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with education, especially studying in colleges and universities The students return in October for the beginning of the new academic year. high/low academic standards an academic career The enrollment criteria are geographical rather than academic.
  2. 2[usually before noun] involving a lot of reading and studying rather than practical or technical skills academic subjects
  3. 3not 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.
  4.  academically
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  5. NAmE//‑kli//
    adverb You have to do well academically to get into medical school. He wasn't very well qualified academically but had a lot of experience.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: academic