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Definition of Scholastic


  1. Pertaining to, or suiting, a scholar, a school, or schools; scholarlike; as, scholastic manners or pride; scholastic learning.
  2. Of or pertaining to the schoolmen and divines of the Middle Ages (see Schoolman); as, scholastic divinity or theology; scholastic philosophy.
  3. Hence, characterized by excessive subtilty, or needlessly minute subdivisions; pedantic; formal.
  4. One who adheres to the method or subtilties of the schools.
  5. See the Note under Jesuit.
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