Synonyms for Academic:

adj.

academic (adjective)
bookish, theoretical, erudite, scholarly, literary, learned, pedantic.
didactic (adjective)
donnish.
educational (adjective)
didactic.
relating to schooling, learning (adjective)
bookish, scholastic, erudite, scholarly, learned, intellectual, pedantic.
relating to theories, philosophy (adjective)
hypothetical, speculative, abstract, theoretical, formalistic.
well-informed (adjective)
learned.

n.

inappropriate, irrelevant, unimportant, teach, immaterial, neither here nor there, unrelated, marginal, attitude, beside the point, extraneous, flexible, Inkhorn, Pedantical. chair, abstract, full professor, associate professor, instructor, fellowship, theoretic, assistant professor, educationalist, educator, don. academic (noun)
scholarly, theoretical, faculty member, donnish, academician, pedantic.
highbrow (noun)
academician, philosopher.
person (noun)
academician, faculty member.
scholar (noun)
genius, expert, student, professor, doctor, philosopher, master, scholar, intellectual.
scholar or university/college teacher (noun)
professor, student, academician, scholar.

Other synonyms:

hypothetical, scholastic, advanced, smart, graduate. formal, brilliant, theoretic. speculative. abstract. instructive
didactic.

Usage examples for academic

  1. So Lessing's first comedies are placed in the universities, and consist of events and characters conceivable in an academic life. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  2. This is a minor objection, which is more academic in its origin than of practical importance. – The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics by Franklin Beech
  3. What we find is not the soul but the situation of Hamlet: a young prince just returned from the university,- troubled by a strange melancholy,- a mystery to king and court,- beset by spies whom he sends packing,- visited by a dear academic friend,- called to a great work to which he feels himself unequal, and so forth. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas