I. noun Date: 1587 1. a member of an institution of learning 2. a person who is academic in background, outlook, or methods 3. plural academic subjects <
has no interest in academics
II. adjective also academical Date: 1588 1. a. of, relating to, or associated with an academy or school especially of higher learning b. of or relating to performance in academic courses <
academic excellence
c. very learned but inexperienced in practical matters <
academic thinkers
d. based on formal study especially at an institution of higher learning 2. of or relating to literary or artistic rather than technical or professional studies 3. a. theoretical, speculative <
an academic question
b. having no practical or useful significance 4. conforming to the traditions or rules of a school (as of literature or art) or an official academy ; conventional <
academic painting
academically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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