Academic

Adjective

  • Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.
  • Theoretical or speculative; abstract; scholarly, literary or classical, in distinction to practical or vocational; having no practical importance. [First attested in the late 19th century.]

    "I have always had an academic interest in hacking."

  • So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
  • Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  • (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
  • Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the academic sect or philosophy. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  • Having a love of or aptitude for learning.

    "I'm more academic than athletic — I get lower marks in phys. ed. than in anything else."

Noun

  • A member of the Academy; an academician. [First attested in the mid 18th 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.]
  • (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.]
  • (usually capitalized) A follower of Plato, a Platonist. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  • (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.]

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