Scholastic Scho*las"tic, a. [L. scholasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to have leisure, to give lectures, to keep a school, from ? leisure, a lecture, a school: cf. F. scholastique, scolastique. See {School}.] 1. Pertaining to, or suiting, a scholar, a school, or schools; scholarlike; as, scholastic manners or pride; scholastic learning. --Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to the schoolmen and divines of the Middle Ages (see {Schoolman}); as, scholastic divinity or theology; scholastic philosophy. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, characterized by excessive subtilty, or needlessly minute subdivisions; pedantic; formal. [1913 Webster]

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