What does academic mean?

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  1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato [from late 16th century]
  2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning; also a scholarly society or organization. [from late 16th century]
  3. Theoretical or speculative; abstract; scholarly, literary or classical, in distinction to practical or vocational; having no practical importance. [from late 19th century]
  4. Having a love of or aptitude for learning.
  5. (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. [from late 19th century]
  6. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness.
  7. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.
  8. Study of humanities topics rather than science and engineering.
  1. (capitalized) A follower of Plato, a Platonist. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  2. A senior member of an academy, college, or university; a person who attends an academy; a person engaged in scholarly pursuits; one who is academic in practice. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  3. A member of the Academy; an academician. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
  4. (archaic) A student in a college.
  5. (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
  6. (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.]
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