1. Of or relating to schools; academic: scholastic accomplishment.
2. often Scholastic Of, relating to, or characteristic of Scholasticism.
3. Overly subtle or pedantic: "The debates ... between communist and socialist formations [of the unions] on an industrial and labor strategy were often scholastic and tortuous" (Norman Birnbaum).
1. often Scholastic A Scholastic philosopher or theologian.
2. A dogmatist or pedant.
[Latin scholasticus, from Greek skholastikos, learned, studious, from skholazein, to study, from skholē, school; see segh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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