Characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters
It seemed as though the Renaissance ran a risk of being throttled in its cradle by superfluity of foreign and pedantic nutriment.
He was disgusted at the pedantic teaching of his own day, and he insisted that the teaching of words and things must go together.
Instinctively a humanist, he had little patience with the narrow curriculum of Harvard in his day and the rather pedantic spirit with which classical studies were there pursued.
This narrow and pedantic theory had at least the merit of insisting on propriety of expression.