1. [ adjective ] (education) associated with academia or an academy

"the academic curriculum" "academic gowns"

Related terms: academia
2. [ adjective ] hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result

"an academic discussion" "an academic question"

Related terms: theoretical
3. [ adjective ] marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
Synonyms: pedantic donnish
Related terms: scholarly
4. [ noun ] (work,education) an educator who works at a college or university
Synonyms: faculty_member academician
Related terms: educator professor
Similar spelling:   academicism