academic

See also: acadèmic

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛmɪk

AdjectiveEdit

academic (comparative more academic, superlative most academic)

  1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato [from late 16th century][2]
    the academic sect or philosophy
  2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning, or a scholarly society or organization. [from late 16th century][2]
    • academic courses - William Warburton
    • academical study - George Berkeley
    • 1959 December, John Alves, “Resorts for Railfans - 29: Oxford”, in Trains Illustrated, page 596:
      It was left to the motor industry, half a century later, to destroy Oxford's academic calm.
  3. In particular: relating to literary, classical, or artistic studies like the humanities, rather than to technical or vocational studies like engineering or welding.
    • 1991, Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education, Accountability Report, and ... State Plan for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education in Wisconsin, page 16:
      Programs of work should provide students the opportunities to demonstrate both academic and vocational competence attainment.
  4. Having little practical use or value, as by being overly detailed and unengaging, or by being theoretical and speculative with no practical importance. [from late 19th century]
    Coordinate terms: abstract, artificial
    I have always had an academic interest in hacking.
    the distinction is 'academic; an academic question
    • 1985, Depyrogenation, page 33:
      In theory, a fully intact reverse osmosis membrane should be capable of removing lipopolysaccharide pyrogens [] In practice, this distinction is academic, because pyrogens do not replicate, and as long as the product water is []
    • 1990, David George Lowe; I. J. M. Jeffrey, Surgical Pathology Techniques, Mosby Incorporated:
      In practice this distinction is academic, as any small nodule on the surface of a thyroidectomy specimen should be examined histologically. If carcinoma is suspected or proven, the whole surface of the specimen may be marked []
    • 2011 May 16, “Pakistan's AQ Khan: My Nuclear Manifesto”, in Newsweek:
      The question of how many weapons are required for credible deterrence against India is purely academic.
    • 2017 November 10, “Land Rover Discovery review – SUV's the finest car in the Landy”, in Scottish Daily Record:
      For the majority of owners, its four-wheel-drive endeavours will be of purely academic interest.
    • 2018, US Government Accountability Office, "Decision, Matter of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation", May 22, 2018
      As a general matter, we will not consider a protest where the issue presented has no practical consequences with regard to an existing federal government procurement, and thus is of purely academic interest.
  5. Having a love of or aptitude for learning.
    I'm more academic than athletic — I get lower marks in phys. ed. than in anything else.
  6. (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. [from late 19th century][2]
    1. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.
      (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  7. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness; inexperienced in practical matters.

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NounEdit

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”, in 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]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 4, member 2, subsection ii:
      Carneades the academick, when he was to write against Zeno the stoick, purged himself with hellebor first […].
  4. (archaic) A student in a college.
  5. (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.][2]
  6. (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.][2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], →ISBN)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “academic”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN.

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InterlinguaEdit

AdjectiveEdit

academic

  1. academic

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French académique, from Latin academicus.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

academic m or n (feminine singular academică, masculine plural academici, feminine and neuter plural academice)

  1. academic

DeclensionEdit