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Meaning of academic

ac•a•dem•ic

Pronunciation: (ak"u-dem'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, esp. one for higher education: academic requirements.
  2. pertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.
  3. theoretical or hypothetical; not practical, realistic, or directly useful: an academic question; an academic discussion of a matter already decided.
  4. learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.
  5. conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional: academic painting.
  6. acquired by formal education, esp. at a college or university: academic preparation for the ministry.
  7. (cap.) of or pertaining to Academe or to the Platonic school of philosophy.
—n.
  1. a student or teacher at a college or university.
  2. a person who is academic in background, attitudes, methods, etc.: He was by temperament an academic, concerned with books and the arts.
  3. (cap.) a person who supports or advocates the Platonic school of philosophy.
  4. the scholarly activities of a school or university, as classroom studies or research projects: more emphasis on academics and less on athletics.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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