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- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a professor or professors, or a professorship or professorships.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a professor
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a professor: as, a professorial chair.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of professors
It is clearly time to eschew uses of the term professorial that imply a cold, condescending person who is unable to think or speak clearly.
Obama was in professorial mode, so it wasn't exactly riveting, but he made a couple of interesting points.
He is often described as professorial and has written a number of academic papers on monetary policy.
He rarely gave interviews, but in 1984 he told Reuters, described as professorial and puffing on a cigar, "I suppose I'm a piece of national treasure, well-protected and immune from all kinds of turbulence."
What might be called a professorial simplicity is seen in many of
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Dallek: You bet Obama's 'professorial' - and that's a good thing Obama: 'We have run out of time,' summons leaders to White House as debt talks flounder Super Bowl XX, the team will finally get a meet and greet with the president.
He is described as professorial, calm, cool, technocratic, a lover of argument and debate.
While the latter is lean and of average height, and often described as professorial, Odierno is well over 6 feet tall, built like a football lineman and sports a cleanly shaven head.
Nevertheless, CNN has talked to a "language analyst" who gets paid to "[analyze and catalogue] trends in word usage and word choice and their impact on culture," and they report that Obama was too "professorial," and now America is at grave risk of not passing its midterm exams on the oil spill.
He used the same level voice that has enabled the "professorial" put-down to be attached to him by his critics.