sabbatical year(redirected from sabbatical years)
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1. A leave of absence from one's regular work responsibilities, usually with pay, for research, rest, or recreation. Many university professors are granted a sabbatical every seventh year.
2. often Sabbatical year A year during which land remains fallow, observed every seven years by Jewish farmers in Israel.
(Bible) (often capitals) Bible a year during which the land was to be left uncultivated, debts annulled, etc, supposed to be observed every seventh year by the ancient Israelites according to Leviticus 25
1. Also called sabbat′ical leave′. a year, usu. every seventh, of release from normal teaching duties granted to a college professor for research, travel, etc.
2. a yearlong period observed by Jews in ancient times and in modern Israel once every 7 years, during which all agricultural labors are suspended. Lev. 25.