• Academic


    • RP IPA: /ˌæk.əˈdÉ›m.ɪk/
    • US IPA: /ˌæk.əˈdÉ›m.ɪk/
    • Rhymes: -É›mɪk

    Alternative forms


    From both the Medieval Latin acadēmicus and the French académique, from Latin academia, from Ancient Greek ἀκαδημικός, from Ἀκαδημία (Akademia, "the location where Plato taught") (alternative form: Ἀκαδήμεια); compare academy.

    MW3 1976

    Full definition of academic



    1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the academic sect or philosophy. First attested in the late 16th century.
    2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization. First attested in the late 16th century.
    3. 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.
    4. (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. First attested in the late 19th century.
    5. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
    6. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.

    Related terms



    (plural academics)
    1. (usually capitalized) A follower of Plato, a Platonist. First attested in the mid 16th century.
    1. 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.
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    2. A member of the Academy; an academician. First attested in the mid 18th century.
    3. (pluralonly) Academic dress; academicals. First attested in the early 19th century.
    4. (pluralonly) Academic studies. First attested in the late 20th century.

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