[ US /ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/ ]
[ UK /ˌækədˈɛmɪk/ ]
  1. associated with academia or an academy
    the academic curriculum
    academic gowns
  2. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
  3. hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
    an academic question
    an academic discussion
  1. an educator who works at a college or university
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How To Use academic In A Sentence

  • Academic excellence was matched with extra-curricular activities of every description - from drama through sport to foreign travel.
  • Many of them had not undertaken even the leaving certificate or the academic entry qualifications necessary to enter university.
  • To academic historians they were ‘mere entertainment’ - just mindless pap for gormless morons.
  • We truly are much more team oriented and friendlike to our children than parents have tended to be in the past, in large part because we too identify with many of the peer and academic pressures that kids now face. Childhood Unbound
  • Long gone are the days when Chairman Mao was idolised by radicals (and even respected by some mainstream academics) on American university campuses.
  • Politicians, academics and campaigners today routinely frame public issues in emotional terms.
  • [From Vivaculus:]… I hasted to London, and entreated one of my academical acquaintances to introduce me into some of the little societies of literature which are formed in taverns and coffee - houses.
  • This was the case that upheld a Washington law that gave academic scholarships to qualified students, but forbid them from using them to study theology.
  • The event will highlight the wide range of academic, commercial and technical know-how available to firms.
  • They can also question peers and learn how asking for and giving assistance to one another are keystones to academic success.
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