One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an academic institution’
educational, scholastic, instructional, pedagogical
school, college, collegiate, university
2‘he has a distinctly academic turn of mind’
scholarly, studious, literary, well read, intellectual, clever, erudite, learned, educated, cultured, bookish, highbrow, pedantic, donnish, cerebral, serious
3‘the debate has been largely academic’
theoretical, conceptual, notional, philosophical, unpragmatic, hypothetical, speculative, conjectural, conjectured, suppositional, putative
indefinite, abstract, vague, general
impractical, unrealistic, ivory-tower, irrelevant, useless
rare suppositious, suppositive, ideational
1‘a group of Russian academics is researching this phenomenon’
scholar, lecturer, don, teacher, educator, instructor, trainer, tutor, professor, fellow, man of letters, woman of letters, highbrow, thinker, bluestocking
informal egghead, bookworm
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