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    The meaning of a phrase

    What is the meaning of the following phrase :

    The whole thing’s academic now—we can’t win anyway.

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    Re: The meaning of a phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    What is the meaning of the following phrase :

    The whole thing’s academic now—we can’t win anyway.
    Have a look here: academic adjective (THEORY) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online

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    Re: The meaning of a phrase

    I looked the dictionary but I could not find an exact meaning . I ask you to suggest a meaning .

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    Re: The meaning of a phrase

    The definition in the link provided by bhaisahab was "theoretical and not related to practical effects in real life". I don't think we can do much better than that.If you read your sentence in context, it may now make sense.

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    Re: The meaning of a phrase

    Say your favorite soccer team is losing by 5 goals with 2 minutes left. The game is not over, but the outcome is certain. We might say that it's "academic."

    Why we say this, I don't know.

    See this example from an Australian paper:

    Who will win? It's academic

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