1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
  2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
  3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
  4. didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.


  1. intended to instruct, esp excessively
  2. morally instructive; improving
  3. (of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral message to which aesthetic considerations are subordinated

1650s, from French didactique, from Greek didaktikos “apt at teaching,” from didaktos “taught,” past participle of didaskein “teach,” from PIE root *dens- “wisdom, to teach, learn.” Related: Didactically; didacticism.


  1. Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.

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