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academic (s) (noun), academics (pl)
A scholar or a teacher in an institution of higher education: All the academics, or faculty members, of the university were present at the graduation ceremonies at the end of the year.
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academic (adjective), more academic, most academic
1. Connected with education, educational studies, an educational institution, or the educational system: In order to become a garbage collector, an academic training is not required!
2. Regarding the scholarly and intellectual aspects of learning: Academic courses are designed for students who intend to study at a college after completing high school.
3. Regarding an aptitude for learning: Since Anita understood many abstract topics and loved reading, she definitely had enough academic intelligence for achieving her goals at college!
4. Theoretical and hypothetical and not supposed to have any practical result: The academic discussions at hand were only concerned with the theories of the issue and not with the realistic and pragmatic relevance and use.
5. Denoting a narrow concentration on a subject: Christina submerged or focused herself in the academic branch of oceanography concerning the different kinds of planktons in the benthos.
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(Greek: a suffix meaning: to talk, to speak; a branch of knowledge; any science or academic field that ends in -ology which is a variant of -logy; a person who speaks in a certain manner; someone who deals with certain topics or subjects)
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academic anthropologist (s) (noun), academic anthropologists (pl)
Those who are involved in the teaching about members of humanity at colleges and universities: Academic anthropologists do research; however, their objectives are usually more for the contributions they can make to the general knowledge people.
academic anthropology (s) (noun), academic anthropologies (pl)
Educational courses that involve the teaching about the comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development: Academic anthropology involves research about mankind throughout history and in modern times.
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academic (s) (noun), academics (pl)
1. Someone who is teaching or conducting research at an institution of higher learning: Trent is a well-known academic in the field of electronics.
2. A person with a scholarly background or attitudes: The teacher's academics inspired her students to strive for a greater knowledge and experiences in the field of linguistics.
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academic (ak" uh DEM ik) (adjective), more academic, most academic
1. Characteristic of institutions of education typically beyond high school; such as, colleges, universities, or other institutions of advanced learning: Academic circles have been debating the value of Latin as a source for a better understanding of English words for years.
2. Theoretical rather than practical: It is amazing how much heat the intercollegiate debate aroused; after all, the importance of the French Revolution is now only an academic question.

The source of the terms academy, academic and related words

On the outskirts of ancient Athens there was a grove sacred to the hero Akademus. In this park the philosopher Plato established his school or college in about 385 B.C. Both the garden and the school were called Akademia after the name of the hero.

The English words academy, academic, academician, academical and others from that family of words are derived from the name of Plato's school.

The term academy is now applied to institutions of higher learning, secondary schools, or any place where special subjects, arts, and skills are taught, so we have military academies, riding academies, fencing academies, dancing academies, and even billiard academies.

The meaning of the word has also been extended to include societies of learned people who have united to advance learning, literature, the arts, and the sciences; such as, the French Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

—Compiled from information presented in
Enriching Your Vocabulary by Joseph R. Orgel;
Oxford Book Company; New York; 1963; page 4.
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academic anthropologist (s), academic anthropologists (pl) (noun forms)
Academic anthropologists do research, but their objectives are more for making contributions to general knowledge.
Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
Edited by Christopher Morris; Academic Press, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers; New York; 1992.
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