(noun, adjective)


1. associated with academia or an academy

- the academic curriculum

- academic gowns

2. hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result

- an academic discussion

- an academic question

Similar word(s): theoretical

3. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

Similar word(s): scholarly, donnish, pedantic

Sentences with academic as an adjective:

- I have always had an academic interest in hacking.

- I'm more academic than athletic — I get lower marks in phys. ed. than in anything else.


1. an educator who works at a college or university

Similar word(s): academician

Definition categories: person, educator, pedagog, pedagogue