- The definition of academic is something or someone that is considered to be scholarly.
An example of academic is what a teacher would write on the report card of a student who gets all A's.
- Academic is defined as a question that can't be definitely answered but that people like to think about and discuss anyway.
An example of an academic question is whether God exists.
- An academic is defined as a person who is involved in learning, especially at the college level, or who is very educated.
A professor of Latin is an example of an academic.
- of colleges, universities, etc.; scholastic; scholarly
- having to do with general or liberal rather than technical or vocational education
- of or belonging to an academy of scholars, artists, etc.
- following fixed rules or conventions; pedantic or formalistic: an academic style of painting
- merely theoretical; having no direct practical application: an academic question
Origin of academicClassical Latin academicus ; from academia: see academy
- a. Of or relating to institutionalized education and scholarship, especially at a college or university.b. Of or relating to studies that rely on reading and involve abstract thought rather than being primarily practical or technical.c. Relating to scholarly performance: a student's academic average.
- Academic Of or relating to the conservative style of art promoted by an official academy, especially the Académie des Beaux Arts in France in the nineteenth century.
- Having little practical use or value, as by being overly detailed, unengaging, or theoretical: dismissed the article as a dry, academic exercise.
- Having no important consequence or relevancy: The debate about who is to blame has become academic because the business has left town.
- A faculty member or scholar at an institution of higher learning, such as a university.
- One who has an academic viewpoint or a scholarly background.
(comparative more academic, superlative most academic)
- Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the academic sect or philosophy. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- academic courses - William Warburton
- academical study - George Berkeley
- Theoretical or speculative; abstract; scholarly, literary or classical, in distinction to scientific or vocational; having no practical importance. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- I have always had an academic interest in hacking.
- (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
- So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
- Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.
- (usually capitalized) A follower of Plato, a Platonist. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- 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.]
- A member of the Academy; an academician. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
- (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.]