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

  • adj. Intended to instruct.
  • adj. Morally instructive.
  • adj. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Instructive or intended to teach or demonstrate, especially with regard to morality. (I.e., didactic poetry)
  • adj. Excessively moralizing.
  • adj. Teaching from textbooks rather than laboratory demonstration and clinical application.
  • n. A treatise on teaching or education.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; preceptive; instructive; teaching some moral lesson.
  • adj. excessively prone to instruct, even those who do not wish to be instructed; -- of people.
  • n. A treatise on teaching or education.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fitted or intended for instruction; containing doctrines, precepts, principles, or rules; instructive; expository; edifying: as, a didactic treatise; didactic poetry.
  • Pertaining to instruction; of an edifying quality, character, or manner; used in or given to exposition: as, a didactic style; didactic methods; a didactic lecturer.
  • n. A treatise on education.

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

  • adj. instructive (especially excessively)


Greek didaktikos, skillful in teaching, from didaktos, taught, from didaskein, didak-, to teach, educate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek διδακτικός (didaktikos, "skilled in teaching"), from διδακτός (didaktos, "taught, learnt"), from διδάσκω (didaskō, "I teach, educate") (Wiktionary)



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