Adjective "sabbatical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.
  1. 'he requested permission to take a sabbatical in Istanbul'
  2. 'Metcalf, 47, is on sabbatical from Lawrence University, in Wisconsin.'
  3. 'In 1990 Bellcore created the idea of a Fellow who would spend a sabbatical at a university.'
  4. 'C. W. Woodworth spent his sabbatical from the University of California, Berkeley, at the University of Nanking in 1918.'
  5. 'I know the only person in my department I have any interest in working with; she will be on sabbatical for the fall semester.'
  6. 'She has been recalled from her sabbatical at the University of California to serve as the senior civilian on a Pentagon taskforce.'
  7. 'The paper was written whilst on sabbatical at Pennsylvania State University, where much logistical support and scientific stimulus was given by D. W. Burbank and colleagues.'
  8. 'He thanks P. Hoffman for inviting him to spend his sabbatical at Harvard University, where this paper was completed.'
  9. 'I spent 2 years as a professor at Acadia University replacing those on sabbatical.'
  10. 'Early in 1984, David took a short sabbatical to the University of Siena where he worked with other scientists interested in the application of biomarkers to wildlife toxicology.'
  11. 'Many of the most resource-intensive types of activities, such as conference travel and sabbaticals, were available only to full-time instructors.'


Relating to a sabbatical.
  1. 'a number of sabbatical positions are available'
  2. 'For instance, during a sabbatical stay in Scotland, a Scotsman kidded me good-naturedly about Americans worshiping cars.'
  3. 'During a sabbatical term at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifique in Paris in 1985 she studied Gromov's work on elliptic methods which became the basis for much of her later work.'
  4. 'Stephen Stokes is currently on sabbatical leave.'
  5. 'She was studying in an English school where all the teachers are Americans who are on a sabbatical leave from a different elementary school.'
  6. 'Many pastors find a new creative outlet during their sabbatical time through painting, pottery, music, or some other previously undiscovered or underdeveloped talent.'
  7. 'For the next academic year, the author was on sabbatical leave and hence no data are available for the 1994-1995 year.'
  8. 'Most of this book was written in a sabbatical semester in the autumn of 2001, and I would like to thank my Head of Department, Professor Noel Thompson, for granting me this leave.'
  9. 'I have a male friend who spent a post-tenure sabbatical leave writing his second book as well as caring for his newborn, while his wife returned to her law practice.'
  10. 'However, the dean has been on sabbatical leave since resigning and will officially depart at the end of the year.'
  11. 'Faculty often bounce ideas off each other about potential sabbatical plans, and I certainly was no different in planning mine.'
Of or appropriate to the sabbath.
  1. 'What makes the eschatological future available is God's sabbatical celebration, which has been taking place since the foundation of the world.'


1. of or pertaining or appropriate to the Sabbath.

2. (lowercase) of or relating to a sabbatical year.

3. (lowercase) bringing a period of rest. noun

4. (lowercase) sabbatical year.

5. (lowercase) any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.

More examples(as adjective)

"years can be sabbatical."

"officers can be sabbatical."

"leaves can be sabbatical."

"terms can be sabbatical."

"systems can be sabbatical."

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(Sabbatical)Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek sabbatikos ‘of the sabbath’ + -al.