Definition of academic


  • associated with academia or an academy; "the academic curriculum", "academic gowns".
  • hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result; "an academic discussion", "an academic question".
  • marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects. Synonyms: donnish, pedantic.


  • an educator who works at a college or university. Synonyms: academician, faculty member.

Related words

prof, professor.

Words nearby academic


Rhymes with academic

endemic, epidemic, epidemic, epistemic, ischemic, pandemic, polemic, systemic.

Start with academic

academicisms, academician, academically, academicians, academical, academicism, academics.

End with academic

unacademic, nonacademic, antiacademic.

More information about academic

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • academic is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 15 points
  • academic is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 15 points
  • academic is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 18 points
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