academic question


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academic question

An issue that does not require an answer or adjudication because it is irrelevant to the central issue being considered.

academic question

Moot question Vox populi An issue that does not require an answer or adjudication because it is irrelevant to the central issue being considered
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MacKenzie asked the academic question of what makes a normally rational, intelligent, and educated man turn to superstition and magic to cope with his staggering chances of death in combat.
For Wexler, an award-winning journalist and Huffington Post blogger, this is not an academic question.
It is my hope that by doing so people will realize that I was simply posing an academic question which required an academic answer and I in no way intended to disrespect the good mayor, Villena said.
What used to be perhaps an academic question, is today a very practical and pertinent one: The sanctions relief Obama is promising Iran in the nuclear talks are not his to lift.
The possibility of a general election result in which the Tories win the largest number of English seats and Labour the largest number of seats overall makes this more than a mere academic question.
But for patients diagnosed as vegetative and minimally conscious, and their families, this is far more than just an academic question -- it takes on a very real significance.
It's not an academic question to this pastor, who was among the first responders at the Columbine school shootings in 1999.
Having said all of that, for all practical purposes, one wonders, why should this question be debated as a matter of life and death on prime time TV shows and editorial pages of newspapers in harsh tones and not as a mere academic question in history journals and dissertations with some scholarly soberness?
IOLO PRICE: It''s an academic question as it would be practically impossible to do so; get used to it.
And the admittedly academic question of whether a community of artists is a "scene" or a "family" or something else entirely receded completely, and the holidays were warm, bright and full of cheer.
Asked whether the UK would contribute if the UN could be persuaded to back military intervention, Mr Hague replied: "It's so hypothetical that it is an academic question.
It's an all-but academic question for the Lions who currently trail their neighbours by 18 points.
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