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English adjective: academic

1. academic associated with academia or an academy

SamplesThe academic curriculum.
Academic gowns.

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

SamplesAn academic discussion.
An academic question.



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

Synonymsdonnish, pedantic



English noun: academic

1. academic (person) an educator who works at a college or university

Synonymsacademician, faculty member

Broader (hypernym)educator, pedagog, pedagogue

Narrower (hyponym)prof, professor

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