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academic

adjective uk   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/ us  

academic adjective (STUDYING)

B2 relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or connected with studying and thinking, not with practical skills: academic subjects/qualifications/books an academic institution the academic year (= the time during which students go to school or college) academic standards C2 describes someone who is clever and enjoys studying: I was never a particularly academic child.

academic adjective (IN THEORY)

based on ideas and theories and not related to practical effects in real life: a purely academic argument/question
academically
adverb uk   /-ɪ.kəl.i/ us  
She's always done well academically. It may be that a child is bright, but not academically inclined.

academic

noun [C] uk   /ˌæk.əˈdem.ɪk/ (US or Indian English also academician) us  
someone who teaches at a college, or who studies as part of their job
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