academic /ˌækəˈdemɪk/ adjective
EDUCATION › related to education, schools, universities, etc: academic ability/standards It's the start of the academic year.
SUBJECTS › related to subjects which involve thinking and studying and not technical or practical skills: academic subjects
CLEVER › clever and good at studying
NOT REAL › If what someone says is academic, it has no purpose because it relates to a situation that does not exist: The whole discussion is academic since management won't even listen to us. academically adverb