academic

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Etymology[edit]

From both the Medieval Latin acadēmicus and the French académique, from Latin academia, from Ancient Greek ἀκαδημικός (akadēmikós), from Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmía, the location where Plato taught) (alternative form: Ἀκαδήμεια (Akadḗmeia)); compare academy.[1]

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academic (comparative more academic, superlative most academic)

  1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato; as, the academic sect or philosophy. [First attested in the late 16th century.][2]
  2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization. [First attested in the late 16th century.][2]
  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.][2]
    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.][2]
  5. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
  6. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.

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Noun[edit]

academic (plural academics)

  1. (usually capitalized) A follower of Plato, a Platonist. [First attested in the mid 16th century.][2]
  2. 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.][2]
    • 2013 September 7, “The multiplexed metropolis”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8852: 
      Academics [] see integrated systems for collecting, processing and acting on data as offering a “second electrification” to the world’s metropolises.
  3. A member of the Academy; an academician. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][2]
  4. (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.][2]
  5. (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.][2]

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  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7)

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Interlingua[edit]

Adjective[edit]

academic

  1. academic

Romanian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

academic m (feminine academică, masculine plural academici, feminine plural academice)

  1. academic