1 belonging or relating to a place of learning, esp. a college, university, or academy
2 of purely theoretical or speculative interest
an academic argument
3 excessively concerned with intellectual matters and lacking experience of practical affairs
4 (esp. of a schoolchild) having an aptitude for study
5 conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional
an academic painter
6 relating to studies such as languages, philosophy, and pure science, rather than applied, technical, or professional studies
7 a member of a college or university
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