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ACADEMIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does academic mean? 

ACADEMIC (noun)
  The noun ACADEMIC has 1 sense:

1. an educator who works at a college or university

  Familiarity information: ACADEMIC used as a noun is very rare.


ACADEMIC (adjective)
  The adjective ACADEMIC has 3 senses:

1. associated with academia or an academy
2. hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
3. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

  Familiarity information: ACADEMIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACADEMIC (noun)


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Meaning:

An educator who works at a college or university

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

academic; faculty member; academician

Hypernyms ("academic" is a kind of...):

educator; pedagog; pedagogue (someone who educates young people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "academic"):

prof; professor (someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university)


ACADEMIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Associated with academia or an academy

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

the academic curriculum / academic gowns

Pertainym:

academia (the academic world)


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Meaning:

Hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result

Context examples:

an academic discussion / an academic question

Similar:

theoretical (concerned with theories rather than their practical applications)


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Meaning:

Marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

Synonyms:

donnish; pedantic; academic

Similar:

scholarly (characteristic of scholars or scholarship)


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