From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishacademicac‧a‧dem‧ic1 /ˌækəˈdemɪk◂/ ●●○ W2 AWL adjective 1 [usually before noun]SECTEACH relating to education, especially at college or university level opp non-academic He possessed no academic qualifications. a program to raise academic standards2 [usually before noun]STUDY concerned with studying from books, as opposed to practical work the study of art as an academic discipline3 INTELLIGENTgood at studying opp unacademic He’s not very academic.4 REAL/NOT IMAGINARYif a discussion about something is academic, it is a waste of time because the speakers cannot change the existing situation The question of where we go on holiday is purely academic since we don’t have any money. —academically /-kli/ adverbCOLLOCATIONSnounsacademic qualificationsHe had the right experience and academic qualifications for the job.academic performancePersonal problems may affect a student’s academic performance.academic achievementsGirls’ academic achievements are at least as good as boys’.academic standards (=levels that are considered to be acceptable)The school has high academic standards.academic research (=study of a subject, in order to discover new facts or test new ideas)Many academic research projects take years to complete.academic studyAfter academic study, you have to gain practical experience.an academic subjectChildren who are not good at academic subjects may excel in music or sport.an academic discipline (=a subject that is studied at university)the academic disciplines of linguistics, psychology and sociologyan academic careerShe wanted to pursue an academic career.the academic year (=the time within a period of 12 months when students are studying at a school or university)Language students spend the third academic year abroad.the academic world (=the institutions, people etc involved in education)In the academic world, the theory was received less approvingly.academic freedom (=the freedom to study what you want)There is concern for the academic freedom of both staff and students.
Examples from the Corpusacademic• The relationship between idealism and politics is not academic.• How is academic achievement to be measured?• In recent years, schools have become more involved with students' emotional welfare as well as their academic achievement.• Increased self-confidence can help improve academic achievement.• I wasn't very academic, and l left school at sixteen.• I'm not particularly academic, but I love to read.• Her name is well known in academic circles.• By and large, the academic community seems content simply to accommodate to the instrumental needs of post-industrial society.• The budget meetings are not for academic discussion - some hard choices must be made.• an academic education• Now they are criticized because they are not academic enough.• The new law raises concerns about academic freedom.• Markowitz's two-parameter model spawned an academic industry engaged in exploring the ramifications of the investor behaviour implied in the original formulation.• an academic institution• Not unexpectedly, this officer left the police and moved into academic life.• Teachers must provide challenging activities for their more academic pupils.• Leon was unemployed, and had no academic qualifications.• In both these forms of education there is co-operation between library and academic staff.• Each academy has at least one integrated project per year that combines the career theme with the separate academic subjects.• The academic year starts September 3.• If you're academic, you can take some of your exams a year or two early.purely academic• But asking which of these young overseas players is the better is purely academic.• Such divisions are not, so to speak, purely academic.• In this sense we are not concerned to produce a book by academics for a purely academic audience.• Are the competing views purely academic debates, or do they also reflect wider social interests? 4.• Cause of death would have been of purely academic interest to the deceased man's widow.• One could be forgiven, however, for viewing this as a purely academic philosophy.