Academic - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌækəˈdemɪk|  American pronunciation of the word academic
Brit.  |ækəˈdemɪk|  British pronunciation of the word academic


- an educator who works at a college or university (syn: academician)


- hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
an academic discussion
an academic question
- marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects (syn: donnish, pedantic)

Extra examples

The book appeals to academics and to the general public.

He only cares about sports. He has no interest in academics.

She received awards for her academic achievements.

I spent my academic career at one school.

The board set tough academic standards for graduation.

He was offered a teaching job and decided to return to academic life.

His interest in sailing is purely academic. He's not a sailor himself.

He's not very academic, but he's good with his hands.

This was not an academic exercise - soldiers' lives were at risk.

All this discussion, Sirs, is academic. The war has begun already.

Lessons are taught not only through an academic method, but also through games.

The system is failing most disastrously among less academic children.

He possessed no academic qualifications.

He's not very academic.

The question of where we go on holiday is purely academic since we don't have any money.

Word forms

singular: academic
plural: academics
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