Adjective "didactic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.
  1. 'The clinical curriculum is intended to apply didactic content into the patient care setting and promote critical thinking.'
  2. 'He was greatly interested in teaching for its own sake, and his didactic skill found an outlet in a whole stream of books.'
  3. 'Both clinical and didactic courses were taught primarily by pharmacy faculty, and rarely by medicine faculty.'
  4. 'In West Africa, didactic tales and tales of magic with moral endings are very popular.'
  5. 'Leake used didactic approaches to teach the surveyors how to administer questionnaires and register oral responses.'
  6. 'A more didactic type of prose, designed to inform and convince, was practised by Arnold, Carlyle, Macaulay, and others.'
  7. 'The general lack of biographical and didactic information within the exhibition clouded these issues further.'
  8. 'With the exception perhaps of Tales of Burning Love, there are few contemporary novels with a wholly didactic religious purpose.'
  9. 'This individual could provide much of the didactic instruction, but others should contribute to the training program.'
  10. 'Because of the public funding, there was a conservative style and often a moral or didactic message in the films that were made at the Film Board.'
  11. 'his tone ranged from didactic to backslapping'
  12. 'You could probably even sneak in your revolutionary politics without sounding didactic and patronizing.'
  13. 'It is best to adopt a collaborative approach rather than a didactic or paternalistic manner.'
  14. 'I concur with Gurney's approach: Jacki's competent focus is neither didactic nor moralising.'
  15. 'Robert Coles's sketch about his fifth-grade teacher is tiresomely didactic.'
  16. 'Bad poetry, sure, but still poetry - a more loose-textured, less didactic literary form than the rant.'
  17. 'While these and other sociopolitical themes inform her writing, Hansen's books are not didactic.'
  18. 'When Welsh explores these themes too literally, the results can be overly didactic.'
  19. 'But the narrative remains strange and poetic enough for it never to appear formulaic or didactic.'
  20. 'It's heavy stuff, but the idea-rich tale unfolds its philosophy in a way that manages to neatly skirt pedantic style and didactic tone.'
  21. 'The text sometimes verges on the didactic, but then you have to consider both the intended audience and the size.'


1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.

2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.

3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.

4. didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.

More examples(as adjective)

"purposes can be didactic."

"teachings can be didactic."

"works can be didactic."

"intentions can be didactic."

"styles can be didactic."

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Mid 17th century: from Greek didaktikos, from didaskein ‘teach’.