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academic

adjective
 
 
/ˌækəˈdemɪk/
relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or connected with studying and thinking rather than practical skills: Employers nowadays are more interested in candidates' abilities and personality rather than just academic qualifications. Some complain that the poor writing skills of younger staff shows a fall in academic standards.
interested in studying and successful at school work: Like many entrepreneurs, he was not particularly academic at school.
(Definition of academic adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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