- of or relating to a college, academy, school, or other educational institution, especially one for higher education: academic requirements.
- pertaining to areas of study that are not primarily vocational or applied, as the humanities or pure mathematics.
- theoretical or hypothetical; not practical, realistic, or directly useful: an academic question; an academic discussion of a matter already decided.
- learned or scholarly but lacking in worldliness, common sense, or practicality.
- conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional: academic painting.
- acquired by formal education, especially at a college or university: academic preparation for the ministry.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to Academe or to the Platonic school of philosophy.
- a student or teacher at a college or university.
- a person who is academic in background, attitudes, methods, etc.: He was by temperament an academic, concerned with books and the arts.
- (initial capital letter) a person who supports or advocates the Platonic school of philosophy.
- academics, the scholarly activities of a school or university, as classroom studies or research projects: more emphasis on academics and less on athletics.
- belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp a college, university, or academy
- of purely theoretical or speculative interestan academic argument
- excessively concerned with intellectual matters and lacking experience of practical affairs
- (esp of a schoolchild) having an aptitude for study
- conforming to set rules and traditions; conventionalan academic painter
- relating to studies such as languages, philosophy, and pure science, rather than applied, technical, or professional studies
- a member of a college or university
1580s, “relating to an academy,” also “collegiate, scholarly,” from Latin academicus “of the Academy,” from academia (see academy). Meaning “theoretical, not practical, not leading to a decision” (such as university debates or classroom legal exercises) is from 1886. Academic freedom is attested from 1901. Related: Academically.