Meaning of “academic” - Learner’s Dictionary

academic

adjective uk us /ˌækəˈdemɪk/
EDUCATION

B2 related to education, schools, universities, etc:

academic ability/standards
It's the start of the academic year.
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

(Definition of “academic adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)