1 [usually before noun]SEC
relating to education, especially at college or university level:
He possessed no academic qualifications.
a program to raise academic standards
2 [usually before noun]
concerned with studying from books, as opposed to practical work:
the study of art as an academic discipline
good at studying:
He's not very academic.
if 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.