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academic +‎ -al (related to)




  1. (rare) Belonging to the school of Plato; believing in Plato's philosophy; sceptical . [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  2. Pertaining to a university or other form of higher education. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
    • 1610, Daniell Price, The Defence of Truth Against a booke falsely called The Triumph of Truth sent over from Arras A.D. 1609 by Humfrey Leech late Minister. [] [1], Oxford, Lib. 2 Cap. 3, page 234:
      This faithfull deputy of his maker and Maſter, entended no prepoſterous courſe againſt you. His breſt like the hart of a good Magiſtrate, is the Ocean whereinto all the cares of our Academicall causes empty themſelues, which hee ever ſendeth forth againe in a wiſe conveyance by the ſtreames of iuſtice

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academical (plural academicals)

  1. (plural only) Academic dress, consisting of a cap and gown. [First attested in the early 19th century.]