Something that is academic is related to school. Your parents might want to spend less time playing video games and more time focusing on academic pursuits. The noun academic refers to a professor or scholar.

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.

Definitions of academic
  1. adjective
    associated with academia or an academy
    “the academic curriculum”
    academic gowns”
  2. noun
    an educator who works at a college or university
    synonyms: academician, faculty member
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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
  3. adjective
    hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
    “an academic discussion”
    “an academic question”
    concerned with theories rather than their practical applications
  4. adjective
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
    synonyms: donnish, pedantic
    characteristic of scholars or scholarship
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