academic

An academic is a career college teacher, a professor. Academics live by the rule "publish or perish."

As a noun or an adjective, academic relates to book learning and not always in a good way. An academic discussion back in Plato's Academy was probably something better than what it has more recently come to mean: a discussion that's academic has no place in the real world; it's not practical. An academic might have a PhD in Robotics but not know how to work the TV. It doesn't have to mean stuffy, though, just related to college — like when you need an academic gown for graduation.

Primary Meanings of academic

1.
adjn
associated with academia or an academy
an educator who works at a college or university
2.
adj
hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
Full Definitions of academic
1

adj associated with academia or an academy

“the academic curriculum”
academic gowns”

n an educator who works at a college or university

Synonyms:
academician, faculty member
Types:
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prof, professor
someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university
assistant professor
a teacher or lower rank than an associate professor
associate professor
a teacher lower in rank than a full professor but higher than an assistant professor
full professor
a professor of the highest rank
Regius professor
holder of a British professorship created by a royal patron
visiting professor
a professor visiting another college or university to teach for a limited time
Type of:
educator, pedagog, pedagogue
someone who educates young people
2

adj hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result

“an academic discussion”
“an academic question”
Synonyms:
theoretical
concerned with theories rather than their practical applications

adj marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

Synonyms:
donnish, pedantic
scholarly
characteristic of scholars or scholarship