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academic

1 adjective
     
Related topics: Education, College
ac‧a‧dem‧ic1 W2
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
3 good at studying:
He's not very academic.
4 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.
academically adverb

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