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1    bookish, campus, college, collegiate, erudite, highbrow, learned, lettered, literary, scholarly, scholastic, school, studious, university  
2    abstract, conjectural, hypothetical, impractical, notional, speculative, theoretical  
3    academician, don, fellow, lecturer, master, professor, pupil, scholar, scholastic, schoolman, student, tutor  
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  ( academics    plural  )
1       adj   Academic is used to describe things that relate to the work done in schools, colleges, and universities, especially work which involves studying and reasoning rather than practical or technical skills.  
ADJ n  
Their academic standards are high..., I was terrible at school and left with few academic qualifications...     
  academically      adv  
He is academically gifted...     
2       adj   Academic is used to describe things that relate to schools, colleges, and universities.  
ADJ n  
...the start of the last academic year..., I'd had enough of academic life.     
3       adj   Academic is used to describe work, or a school, college, or university, that places emphasis on studying and reasoning rather than on practical or technical skills.  
The author has settled for a more academic approach...     
4       adj   Someone who is academic is good at studying.  
The system is failing most disastrously among less academic children.     
5       n-count   An academic is a member of a university or college who teaches or does research.   (=scholar)  
6       adj   You can say that a discussion or situation is academic if you think it is not important because it has no real effect or cannot happen.   (=theoretical)  
Such is the size of the problem that these arguments are purely academic.     

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characterizing a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is overly concerned with minor details, rules or formalisms
Ex: Our company doesn't like to deal with this work supervisor because they say he's too draconian and quite pedantic.
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