Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a school, especially one of higher learning.
  • adj. Relating to studies that are liberal or classical rather than technical or vocational.
  • adj. Relating to scholarly performance: a student's academic average.
  • adj. Of or belonging to a scholarly organization.
  • adj. Scholarly to the point of being unaware of the outside world. See Synonyms at pedantic.
  • adj. Based on formal education.
  • adj. Formalistic or conventional.
  • adj. Theoretical or speculative without a practical purpose or intention. See Synonyms at theoretical.
  • adj. Having no practical purpose or use.
  • n. A member of an institution of higher learning.
  • n. One who has an academic viewpoint or a scholarly background.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
  • adj. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato.
  • adj. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; scholarly; literary or classical, in distinction from scientific.
  • n. One holding the philosophy of Socrates and Plato; a Platonist.
  • n. A member of an academy, college, or university; an academician.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • [capitalized] Pertaining to the Academy of Athens, or to Plato and his followers, from his having taught there: as, the Academic groves; the Academic school or philosophy.
  • Pertaining to an advanced institution of learning, as a college, a university, or an academy; relating to or connected with higher education: in this and the following senses often, and in the third generally, written academical: as, academic studies; an academical degree.
  • Pertaining to that department of a college or university which is concerned with classical, mathematical, and general literary studies, as distinguished from the professional and scientific departments; designed for general as opposed to special instruction.
  • [U. S.] Of or pertaining to an academy or association of adepts; marked by or belonging to the character or methods of such an academy; hence, conforming to set rules and traditions; speculative; formal; conventional: as, academical proceedings; an academical controversy; an academic figure (in art).
  • n. [capitalized] One who professed to adhere to the philosophy of Plato.
  • n. A student in a college or university: as, “a young academic,” Watts, Imp. of Mind.
  • n. A member of an academy or learned society; an academist or academician.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
  • adj. hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
  • adj. associated with academia or an academy
  • n. an educator who works at a college or university

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From both the Medieval Latin acadēmicus and the French académique, from Latin academia, from Ancient Greek ἀκαδημικός (akademeikos), from Ἀκαδημία (Akademia, "the location where Plato taught") (alternative form: Ἀκαδήμεια) ; compare academy.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • WeirdNet defines academia as 'the academic world', so taken together these two definitions tell us nothing.

    May 22, 2008

  • in the sense of hypothetical

    July 16, 2007